Black prophetic fire is the hypersensitivity to the suffering of others that generates a righteous indignation that results in the willingness to live and die for freedom.
Poor people and working people have not been the focus of the Obama administration. That for me is not just a disappointment but a kind of betrayal.
I’m an old Coltrane disciple just like I’m a Christian.
Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a man of peace. He was a radical pacifist, and so he was against war across the board.
There is something about boldness and fearlessness and being free enough to speak what is on one’s mind that warrants freedom.
Fire really means a certain kind of burning in the soul that one can no longer tolerate when one is pushed against a wall.
I always felt called to serve, to empower and ennoble as many people as I could, teaching, truth-telling, exposing lies, bearing witness, and being willing to live and die for something bigger than yourself. I had a passion and love of learning and wisdom that was inseparable from a love of music and the arts.
Now, myself, I’m not a pacifist at all. I believe in just war. I would have joined the spirit of the nation to fight against apartheid.
It’s impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands.
Individually, museums are fine institutions, dedicated to the high values of preservation, education and truth; collectively, their growth in numbers points to the imaginative death of this country.