Dr. Robert Williams, Psychologist
Coined the term Ebonics in 1973. "We need to define what we speak. We need to give a clear definition to our language. …We know that ebony means black and that phonics refers to speech sounds or the science of sounds. Thus, we are really talking about the science of black speech sounds or language". (Williams, 1997a)
John R. Rickford, Academic & Author
Unlike many slang terms, these 'black' words have been around for ages, they are not restricted to particular regions or age groups, and they are virtually unknown (in their 'black' meanings) outside the African American community.