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.