"The church of this country is not only indifferent to the wrongs of the slave, it actually takes sides with the oppressors."
"Quick, sunrise, come! Sunrise out of Africa, quick, come!"
"If the white man gives you anything--just remember when he gets ready e will take it right back. We have to take for ourselves."
Fannie Lou Hamer
"Nonviolence is fine as long as it works."
"Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties."
"It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake."
"There is also the danger in our culture that because a person is called upon to give public statements and is acclaimed by the establishment, such a person gets to the point of believing that he is the movement."
"The Black fist is a meaningless symbol. When you open it, you have nothing but fingers--weak, empty fingers. The only time the Black fist has significance is when there's money inside. There's where the power lies."
"Truth is on the side of the oppressed."
"You're not obligated to win, you're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day."
Marian Wright Edelman
"All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem."
Martin Luther King
"Our position was: if you don't attack us, there won't be any violence; if you bring violence to us, we will defend ourselves."
"The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion."
"The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness."
"We understood that politics is nothing but war without bloodshed and war is nothing but politics with bloodshed."
"A little learning, indeed, is a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people."
"We are moving from one state of organization to another, and we shall continue until we have thoroughly lifted ourselves in the organization of government."
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