People called me a hoodlum and a thug. But they didn’t tell you I was a carpenter, an architect, a stand-up comic – even a bartender. And a barbecue cook. But they didn’t tell you that.
Washington’s character was rock solid. He came to stand for the new nation and its republican virtues, which was why he became our first President by unanimous choice.
What a rush it was to plunge into the bin of official decision and cast a ballot in favor of FUN.
There is an entire generation of young people who know nothing about how viciously the FBI attacked The Black Panther Party, and why.
I consider myself a political revolutionary humanist.
Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.
We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today.
Women have to risk civil disobedience for their rights.
If you can kill animals, the same attitude can kill human beings. The mentality is the same which exploits nature and which creates wars.
Harlem was an exciting place in the ’50s. There were nightclubs that, as a student of Columbia, you dashed off to. The community seemed very viable still.