Enjoy some inspiration and words of wisdom from Zora Neale Hurston and other finer women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
- On Your Gifts
Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.
― Soror Zora Neale Hurston, American folklorist, Anthropologist, and Author
Source: Jone Johnson Lewis. “Zora Neale Hurston Quotes.” About Women’s History.
- On Losing Our Souls
Whenever our sense of self importance causes us to perceive ourselves as too big to do the little things, to care for people, and to right the wrongs done to those who are voiceless, it is a sign that we have lost our souls to something that will eventually destroy the humanity in us. It is a sign that we have lost the real meaning of life, of love, and the purpose for being.
– Soror Elisabeth Omilami, Human Rights Activist & Actress
Source: Hosea Feed The Hungry
- On Striving For Excellence
To strive for excellence, that’s the answer. If you strive for excellence, that means that you are determined. You will find a way to get to your goal, even if it means having to turn down some really great offers. You have to live with that, as you have to live with yourself.
– Soror Grace Bumbry, American Opera Singer
Source: Autobiographical Reminiscences of African-American Classical Singers, 1853–present, (2007)
- It Takes a Village to Raise a Child
In a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Julia Carson rebuked Republicans for poking fun at the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”: She stated, “I’d be careful before you start messing with something that’s been around that long. It survived for a reason — because it is true.
― Honorable Soror Julia Carson (Former Congresswoman, D. IN)
- On Singing
When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and I don’t even notice.
― Soror Sarah Vaughan, American Jazz Singer