A man is born free.
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.
Before a group can enter the open society, it must first close ranks.
Black power can be clearly defined for those who do not attach the fears of white America to their questions about it.
Capitalism is a stupid system, a backward system.
I also know that while I am black I am a human being, and therefore I have the right to go into any public place. White people didn't know that.Every time I tried to go into a place they stopped me.
I knew that I could vote and that that wasn't a privilege; it was my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived.
I usually say I did the best I could with what I had. I have no major regrets.
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.
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.
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.
Now, then, in order to understand white supremacy we must dismiss the fallacious notion that white people can give anybody their freedom.
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.
Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation's out of breath. We ain't running no more.
Seems to me that the institutions that function in this country are clearly racist, and that they're built upon racism.
So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn't because of Black Power, isn't because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it's not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities.
The first need of a free people is to define their own terms.
The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then.
The masses don't shed their blood for the benefit of a few individuals.
The philosophers Camus and Sartre raise the question whether or not a man can condemn himself.
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.
There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience.
We are revolutionaries.
We were aware of the fact that death walks hand in hand with struggle.