The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization, is entirely with ourselves.
My wife says I spend my life trying to teach white folks. I’m not so sure I’m proud of it, but she’s right.
When this boy was brought to Dr. Young, his name being William, the same as mine, my mother was ordered to change mine to something else. This, at the time, I thought to be one of the most cruel acts that could be committed upon my rights.
Few whites are ready to actively promote civil rights for blacks.
All I demand for the black man is, that the white people shall take their heels off his neck, and let him have a chance to rise by his own efforts.
I fell in love with social work, and that was my undoing as a poet.
People don’t follow titles, they follow courage.
Slavery is, as an example of what white America has done, a constant reminder of what white America might do.
I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.
Despotism increases in severity with the number of despots; the responsibility is more divided, and the claims are more numerous.