Alex Haley        
                   Ralph Waldo Emerson

In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage -- to know who we are and where we have come from.  Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning.  No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.

--Alex Haley

The past will not sleep.  It works still.
With every new fact, a ray of light
shoots up from the long-buried years.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson