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So I went to Chicago in 1940, I think, '41, and the photographs that I made there, aside from fashion, were things that I was trying to express in a social conscious way.


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[The prosecutor played recorded telephone conversations between the couple in which Parks expressed ...
CAROL PARKS
She put out a persona that wasn't really her. Once I found out who she really was, I found out she w...
SINGIN PARKS
He seems enthusiastic about us as instrumentalists and composers. He likes what we do, so he says he...
AARON PARKS
I didn't want to. I didn't think I should have to. I didn't feel that it was the right thing for us ...
ROSA PARKS
I heard that she sat down on the bus. That is all that I know. They don't tell you too much about th...
ROSA PARKS
I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... and other people would be also fr...
ROSA PARKS
The political culture in Arizona is vastly different from New York State. Arizona government is hone...
BILL PARKS
I presented a gift card and was (later) informed it had been significantly reduced due to different ...
DAVID PARKS
What we're doing now wouldn't hold up in court.
BUDDY PARKS
He started doing one thing and seeing things were getting better. He was able to be in touch with a ...
CHARLES PARKS
He certainly would have felt it was an honor to have his final service in a church he couldn't have ...
CHARLES PARKS
[And this past Christmas, a friend of Parks' tried to use one at a food establishment.] He presented...
DAVID PARKS
I wanted us to play hard for 32 minutes. I thought except for that little three-minute stretch in th...
DENNY PARKS
We didn't have the energy to stay in it.
GEORGE PARKS
We talk about buying food and cooking on a limited income.
JANICE PARKS
What I’m suggesting then is that much of our response to novels may have to do with the kind of ...
TIM PARKS
[5. In his essay] Can Gold Producers Survive By Promoting Jewelry?, ... At the end of the day, to re...
LARRY PARKS
What we hope to do in these kind of situations is agree on a separation agreement. We did something ...
MARSHALL PARKS
I had conversations with the entire (women's basketball) staff today, and it was basically to try an...
MARSHALL PARKS
My plays aren't stylistically the same. Just being an African-American woman playwright on Broad...
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
My plays are for the kind of black people who relate to funk music, to Parliament-Funkadelic. When t...
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
I love my lecture tours. I get up onstage. I have my stack of books and a glass of water and a micro...
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
The writing of 'Topdog' was a great gift. I feel the play came to me because I realized that...
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
It can not be done; it shall not be done! I speak for the great masses of the Mississippi Valley, an...
RICHARD PARKS BLAND
The aristocracy of Western Europe has absolutely tabooed silver in those countries and driven it awa...
RICHARD PARKS BLAND
Any political party that undertakes to do it will, in God's name, be trampled, as it ought to be...
RICHARD PARKS BLAND
Treat me with respect, dignity, and grace because I am worthy of your love.
ELECTA ROME PARKS
Someone yelled at me once, 'You never write about yourself.' People used to get so mad at me...
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
Being a playwright of any race is difficult, and Lord knows it gets more difficult the further you g...
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
I don't read reviews. I refuse to have my ego inflated or deflated by someone I don't know.
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
I love beautiful black-and-white movies - anything Bette Davis, especially 'Now', 'Voyag...
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
It is because the administration is hostile to silver; and thus it is surrendering this country to t...
RICHARD PARKS BLAND