some love quotes for the Love Curriculum

`from the definition of “womanist”
3. Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Loves struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless.

Alice Walker “Searching for Our Mother’s Gardens”

I’ll live for the people.
I’ll die for the people.
I’ll work for the people,
because I love the people.

Fred Hampton, “Black Panther Party Liberation School Morning Exercise”

In speaking of love at this point, we are not referring to some sentimental or affectionate emotion. Agape means understanding, redeeming good will for all me. It is an overflowing love which is purely spontaneous, unmotivated, groundless, and creative.

Martin Luther King Jr. “An Experiment in Love”

Agape is not a weak, passive love. It is love in action. Agape is love seeking to preserve and create community. It is insistence on community even when one seeks to break it. Agape is a willingness to go to any length to restore community.

Martin Luther King Jr. “An Experiment in Love”

Because you’re a dreamer, an incredible dreamer, with a tiny spark hidden somewhere inside you which cannot die, which even you cannot kill or quench and which tortures you horribly because all the odds are against its continual burning. In the midst of the foulest decay and putrid savagery, this spark speaks to you of beauty, of human warmth and kindness, of goodness, of greatness, of heroism, or martyrdoms, and it speaks to you of love.

Eldridge Cleaver “Soul on Ice”

I was consumed by him. That is not love.

Kathleen Cleaver (from a public speech at Columbia University in answer to a question about her relationship with Eldridge Cleaver)

I come from a world made of love. I want to take you there.

Meshell Ndgeocello

Build with lithe love. With love like lion-eyes.
With love like morningrise.
With love like black, our black—

Gwendolyn Brooks

Love would never leave us alone
in the darkness must come out light.

Could you be loved
and be loved?

Bob Marley “Could you be loved?”

my soul loves a whole love

Lauryn Hill “The Passion”

Some people don’t remember that love is
listening and laughing and asking questions
no matter what your age

Nikki Giovanni “Love Is”

The women stare
and are in love with them
selves. The sky sits awake
over us.

Amiri Baraka “The Return of the Natives”

this is you girl, something never waning or forgetting
something hard against the soul
this is where you make sense, that the sight becomes
tender, the night air human, the dull silence full
chattering, volcanoes cease, and to be awake is
more lovely than dreams

Dionne Brand “Hard Against the Soul”

when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

So it is better to speak

Audre Lorde “Litany for Survival”

I was my grandmother’s heart. We belonged to each other. She taught me to see things unseen.

Nikky Finney

I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

James Baldwin

To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of live, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread.

James Baldwin

and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

Maya Angelou

Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do it
enough to impress themselves, though it may not
impress the neighbors as being very much.

Zora Neale Hurston

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.

Zora Neale Hurston

I try to teach my heart not to want things it can’t

Alice Walker

Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound
that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to
thrive with passion, compassion, and style.

Maya Angelou

These three words
Sweet and simple
These three words
Short and kind
These three words
Always kindles
An aching heart to smile inside.

Stevie Wonder

One of these days you’ll have to learn that love is
something that you gotta earn. Then once you earn it,
got to know how to keep it;You’ve got to want it, as
well as you need it.


Love, so many people use your name in vain,love,
those who have faith in you sometimes go astray.


Love’s in need of a love today, don’t delay send yours
in right away. Hate going ’round breaking many
hearts;Stop it please, before it goes to far.

Stevie Wonder

There’s beauty up above, the ones you never take notice
of, wake up, suddenly, your in love.

Billy Ocean

You’re just a sinner I am told
Be your fire when you’re cold
Make u happy when you’re sad
Make u good when u are bad
I’m not a human
I am a dove
I’m your conscious
I am love
All I really need is 2 know that
U believe


Did you know that true love asks for nothing
Her acceptance is the way we pay
Did you know that life has given love a guarantee
To last through forever and another day

Stevie Wonder

When you say love
You use it so lightly
But when I think of it
This is what comes to me
Loving me, where I am
How I am
Just for who I am
All my good and bad

Mary Mary

I’ve learned to respect the power of love.

Stephanie Mills

Make you do right… love’ll make you do wrong…
make you come home early…
make you stay out all night long…
the power of love…

Al Green


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