The Mathematics of Justice – African-American Quotes on Numbers

“Mathematics is always reliable,” Ms. Goble Johnson says in the movie Hidden Figures. Regardless how bad things look, let us continue to be mindful that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” We must trust our calculations even in the face of those who are “diametrically opposed” to equality and justice.

Here are a few more powerful “math-related” African-American quotes:

“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” Harriet Tubman

Intelligence + Character = True Education (MLK)

“African-American women should not have to work more than 66 years to earn what a white man earns in 40 years.” Emily Martin

“You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed.” Frederick Douglass

“Success is to be measured not so much in the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” Maya Angelou

“You cannot live a positive life and have a negative mind.” Unknown


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