The hearts of Afro-American women are too warm and too large for race hatred. Long suffering has so chastened them that they are developing a special sense of sympathy for all who suffer and fail of justice.
Fannie Barrier Williams (1855–1944), African American advocate of civil rights and women's rights. As quoted in Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life, ch. 3, by Bert James Loewenberg and Ruth Bogin (1976).
Born in Brockport, New York, to a distinguished free African American family, Williams had lived in the South before marrying a Chicago attorney. This is from "The Intellectual Progress of the Colored Women of the United States Since the Emancipation Proclamation," an 1893 speech she made in Chicago before the World's Congress of Representative Women.