We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposed to rob us of their companionship.
Before a group can enter the open society, it must first close ranks.
Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire’s rewards.
We find it hard to believe that other people’s thoughts are as silly as our own, but they probably are.
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.
A man is born free.
Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.
Now we maintain that we cannot be afford to be concerned about 6 percent of the children in this country, black children, who you allow to come into white schools. We have 94 percent who still live in shacks. We are going to be concerned about those 94 percent.
Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
Our goal, simply stated, is to be the best.