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.
The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then.
There are pastors who won’t go to people’s sick beds. How can people of God turn their back on the sick, poor and hungry?
Black power can be clearly defined for those who do not attach the fears of white America to their questions about it.
Greatness, in the last analysis, is largely bravery – courage in escaping from old ideas and old standards and respectable ways of doing things.