Favorite literary work: Daniel Deronda (1876) and Middlemarch (1871-72)
"I don't like the idea of the black race being diluted out of existence. I don't like the idea of the black race being diluted out of existence. I like the idea of all of us being here."
"I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance."
"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?
"I made my first white women friends in college; they loved me and were loyal to our friendship, but I understood, as they did, that they were white women and that whiteness mattered."