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1. Louis Armstrong: “Musicians don’t retire: they stop when there’s no more music in them.”

2. Bessie Coleman: “If I can create the minimum of my plans and desires, there shall be no regrets.”

3. Nicola Adams: “I’m like a ‘comeback kid’ – you can’t keep me down for long.

4. Malorie Blackman: “A love of books has opened so many doors for me. Stories have inspired me and taught me to inspire.”

5. Levi Tafari: “If you hate your neighbour because of their skin colour you really hate yourself, as we are all versions of each other.”

6. Linton Kwesi Johnson: “Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon.”

7. Benjamin Banneker: “The colour of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind or intellectual powers.”

8. Shami Chakrabarti: “We need to celebrate stories by women, for women, as just one more way to redress gender injustice.”

9. Benjamin Zephaniah: “This planet is for everyone, borders are for no one. It’s all about freedom.”

10. Coretta Scott King: “Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.”

11. Gil Scott-Heron: “Music has the power to make me feel good like nothing else does. It gives me some peace for a while. Takes me back to who I really am.”

12. Dorothy Height: “Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.”

13. Claudia Jones: “A people’s art is the genesis of their freedom.”

14. John Conteh: “You can go the right way, you can go the wrong way. I went the wrong way and got myself back on track.”

15. Shirley Chisholm: “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

16. Pele: “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”

17. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah: “Being authentic and turning up the volume on who you are means that you talk about it all. It’s a collective struggle and your struggle must be my struggle, and my struggle must be yours.”

18. Booker T. Washington: “No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”

19. Jo Ann Gibson Robinson: “People the world over should know that any group, if given equal opportunity in education, employment, civil rights, and the like, can be desirable citizens anywhere, with as much to offer as any other group.”

20. Dorothy Koya: “Slavery Remembrance Day is an opportunity for all members of the community to remember and reflect on the legacy of the slave trade. It helps us all understand how the past influences the way we lead our lives now and in the future.”

21. John Richard Archer: “I was born in a little, obscure village in England that you may never have heard of – Liverpool… The colour of my skin can never affect the heart. My election means a new era in history.”

22. Jackie Kay: “A writer is someone creative, something that involves stepping into someone else’s shoes, and it means you have to think about other people and how they interact.”

23. Rhaune Laslett: “We felt that although West Indians, Africans, Irish and many others nationalities all live in a very congested area, there is very little communication between us. If we can infect them with a desire to participate, then this can only have good results.”

24. Margaret Busby: “Well, that is another battle I’m constantly fighting, just for diversity in the publishing industry… just as writers write about what they know, editors take on writers from situations that they know.”

25. Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

26. Langston Hughes: “Freedom is a strong seed planted in a great need. I live here, too. I want freedom just as you.”

27. Daisy Bates: “No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.”

28. Stuart Hall: “Identity is formed and transformed continuously in relation to the ways in which we are represented or addressed in the cultural system which surrounds us.”