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.
We are not anti-white. But we don’t have time for the white man. The white man is on top already, the white man is the boss already… he has first-class citizenship already. So you are wasting your time talking to the white man. We are working on our own people.
Fifty-nine cents. For years, I wore a button – ’59 cents.’ Many of my colleagues wore it also. The purpose was so that people would come up and ask, ‘What does ’59 cents’ mean?’ One could then launch into a discussion about how women working full time in the U.S. earn 59 cents for every dollar earned by men.
I went through college while working a full-time manual-labor job, and I don’t regret a minute of it; it was a great learning experience.
Contentment is work so engrossing that you do not know that you are working.
When you come from the working class and you do well enough whereby you can provide a little bit better for your family, get a decent roof over their head and send them to a good school, that’s considered a good thing.
Martin Luther King, with whom I worked very closely, became very distressed when a number of the ministers working for him wanted him to dismiss me from his staff because of my homosexuality.
We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people.
My whole life as a grammar-school boy, getting to Cambridge University and working on the ‘London Sunday Times’ has been very aspirational.
I was at the 1976 Republican Convention in Kansas City. I was running ‘Nobody for President’ at the time. I printed up these press releases and handed them out to the crowd at the Kemper Arena. ‘Nobody keeps campaign promises.’ ‘Nobody lowers your taxes.’ ‘Nobody should have that much power.’ ‘Nobody is in Washington working for you.’