Before a group can enter the open society, it must first close ranks.
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.
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.
The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then.
Black power can be clearly defined for those who do not attach the fears of white America to their questions about it.
I usually say I did the best I could with what I had. I have no major regrets.
The secret of life is to have no fear; it’s the only way to function.
Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation’s out of breath. We ain’t running no more.
The first need of a free people is to define their own terms.