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What is the origin of the phrase 'A mind is a terrible thing to waste'?

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2011-03-15 02:31:15

It is the slogan of the United Negro College Fund. Take a look

at the site's homepage via the Related Link.

Originally, the phrase was going to be "A mind is a damned thing

to waste" but they felt the language was too strong. Also, one of

the men who worked on the campaign had a son who went on to

influence societal thinking in his own way as a president of


EDIT: Actually it is a famous quote by Malcolm X. The UNCF use

his quote as their slogan

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