"There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past."
"The function of freedom is to free someone else."
"Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due."
"I am being tried for fighting for the right of my people, who are still second-class citizens in this United States of America."
"Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined."
"If you don't understand white supremacy/racism, everything that you do understand will only confuse you."
"The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic, but to end the injustice."
"Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life."
"Just because fate doesn't deal you the right cards, it doesn't mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential."
"Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak."
"What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears."
"Oppression is as American as apple pie."
"Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming."
"The white man's dollar is his god, and to stop this will be to stop outrages in many localities."
Ida B. Wells
"I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do."
"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them."
Ida B. Wells
"Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."
"We are the ones we have been waiting for."
"The church in the colonies is the white people's church, the foreigner's church. She does not call the native to God's ways but to the ways of the white man, of the master, of the oppressor."
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
"Whoever is in control of the hell in your life, is your devil."
John Henrik Clarke
"I am Black, not because of a curse, but because my skin has been able to capture all the cosmic effluvia. I am truly a drop of sun under the earth."
"The struggle is eternal. The tribe increase. Somebody else carries on."