Black Panther Party Quotes

The process of empowerment cannot be simplistically defined in accordance with our own particular class interests. We must learn to lift as we climb.
Angela Davis
The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense calls upon the American people in general and the Black People in particular to take careful note of the racist California Legislature now considering legislation aiming at keeping black people disarmed and powerless at the very time that racist police agencies throughout the country intensify the terror, brutality, murder and repression of Black People.
Booby Steele on May 2, 1967

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) Quotes

All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happen to us is an ingredient.
Malcolm X
I feel like a man who has been asleep somewhat and under someone else’s the control. I feel that what I’m thinking and saying is now for myself. Before it was for and by the guidance of Elijah Muhammad. Now, I think with my own mind, sir!
Malcolm X
They will pay one of us, to kill one of us, just to say it was one of us.”
Malcolm X
I don’t believe in violence. That’s why I want to stop it. You can’t stop it with love.
Malcolm X
Most strategic and unique, for although the negros are deprived of most of their voting powers, yet their diluted vote will still swing the balance of power in the presidential or any other election in this country. What would the role and the position of the negro be if he had a full voting voice? No wonder then, the freedom or equal rights struggle of the negro people is so greatly feared. If the present leaders of the so called American Negro don’t unite soon and take a firm stand with positive steps designed to eliminate, immediately, the brutal atrocities that are being committed daily against our people, and if the so called Negro intelligencia, intellectuals and educators won’t unite to help alter this nasty and most degrading situation, then the little man in the street will henceforth begin to take matters into his own hands.
Malcolm X

Frederick Douglas Quotes

Our government may sometime be in the hands of a good man. It is all well enough…We ought to have our government so shaped that even when in the hands of a bad man, we shall be safe.
Frederick Douglas (1866) on President Andrew Jackson
Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did, and it never will.
Frederick Douglas

Harriet Tubman Quotes

I was conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say – I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger."

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Strength to Love
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Dr. Martin L. King Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
For we've come to see the power of nonviolence. We've come to see that this method is not a weak method, for it's the strong man who can stand up amid opposition, who can stand up amid violence being inflicted upon him and not retaliate with violence.
Dr. Martin L. King address at the Freedom Rally in Cobo Hall, Detroit
If we were incarcerated behind the iron curtains of a Communistic nation, we couldn't do this. If we were dropped in the dungeon of a totalitarian regime, we couldn't do this. But the great glory of American democracy is the right to protest for right.
Dr. Martin Luther King address at MIA Mass Meeting at Holt Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King Jr. address at the 34th Annual Convention of the National Bar Association
Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.
Martin L. King Jr. "I've Been to the Mountaintop," address delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple

The US government is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.

Martin L. King Jr.

We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power... this means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together… you can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the others… the whole structure of American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and [we] must put [our] own house in order.

Martin L. King Jr.

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