Nannie Helen Burroughs

With All of Thy Getting - Undated

Nannie Helen Burroughs
December 31, 1969
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Nannie H. Burroughs, Washington, D.C.

“The Negro race is a Child race.” This fact was often repeated by the late Booker T. Washington. A Child race ought to be taught to put first things first. The cultivation of Divine gifts - things of the spirit - is first in the building of individuals and races.

The Negro is highly endowed with the things of the spirit - love, forbearance, gentleness, meekness, forgiveness, hope, song, faith - but he is not cultivating them. Gifts of the spirit are made to know thy races for three fundamental purposes: to enable them to lift themselves, by their own boot straps, as it were; to lay secure foundations on which to build, materially, and to make valuable contributions to world progress, independent of but conjointly with other races.

The first things for a race to learn is the value of gifts of the spirit and how to use them. These gifts develop moral stamina, self respect, independence and courage with in, and secure respect from with out. Thus panoplied races face great tasks and march to battle unafraid.