"History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history. To pretend otherwise, we literally are criminals. . . . I can't be a pessimist because I am alive. To be a pessimist means that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter. So I'm forced to be an optimist. I'm forced to believe we can survive. . . . The future of the negro in this country is precisely as bright or as dark as the future of the country. It is entirely up to the American people . . ." From the film, I am Not Your Negro. Photo by Allen Warren.