Imitation of Life (1934)
Louise Beavers: Delilah Johnson
Delilah Johnson : [to Peola] Bow your head! You got to learn to take it!
Beatrice 'Bea' Pullman : I've got Jessie... and you've got Peola.
Delilah Johnson : Yes'm. I've got Peola, Miss Bea. What am I gonna' do about that poor child? She's so unhappy.
Beatrice 'Bea' Pullman : You know, Delilah, I've been wondering, if it might be better if you could send Peola to one of those good colleges in the South - for colored people. Where she could finish her education, and where she wouldn't be faced with the problem of "white" all the time. You know what a disaster her schooling has been here.
Delilah Johnson : Yes'm...
Delilah Johnson : Peola won't you be a good child like you can be, darling, and do something for your mammy?
Peola Johnson, Age 19 : [annoyed] Oh, don't say "mammy."
Delilah Johnson : Look here, baby. You go down South, to one of them high-toned colleges, where only the high-toned goes. Wouldn't you do that for me, honey?
Peola Johnson, Age 19 : [taken aback] A Negro school?
Delilah Johnson : Ain't nothin' to be ashamed of, daughter dear. Meet your cross half-way. It won't be near so heavy. Go amongst your own. Quit battlin'! Your little head's sore now from buttin' against stone walls. Open up and say, "Lord, I bows my head." HE made you black, honey. Don't be tellin' Him His business. Accept it, honey. Do that for your mammy, your mother, dear.
[Peola starts to sob, Delilah hugs her close and starts to sing a spiritual song]