It is a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for black people to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations.
Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation's out of breath. We ain't running no more.
Leaders in Africa are so corrupt that we are certain if we put dogs in uniforms and put guns on their shoulders, we'd be hard put to distinguish them.
Integration is a man's ability to want to move in there by himself. If someone wants to live in a white neighborhood and he is black, that is his choice. It should be his rights. It is not because white people will not allow him.
There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience.
The first need of a free people is to define their own terms.
We were aware of the fact that death walks hand in hand with struggle.
I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people.
An organization which claims to be working for the needs of a community - as SNCC does - must work to provide that community with a position of strength from which to make its voice heard. This is the significance of black power beyond the slogan.
The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then.
We had no more courage than Harriet Tubman or Marcus Garvey had in their times. We just had a more vulnerable enemy.
The secret of life is to have no fear; it's the only way to function.
There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites.
One of the tragedies of the struggle against racism is that up to now there has been no national organization which could speak to the growing militancy of young black people in the urban ghetto.
Now, then, in order to understand white supremacy we must dismiss the fallacious notion that white people can give anybody their freedom.
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