I usually say I did the best I could with what I had. I have no major regrets.
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.
We are revolutionaries.
So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn’t because of Black Power, isn’t because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it’s not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities.
I also know that while I am black I am a human being, and therefore I have the right to go into any public place. White people didn’t know that. Every time I tried to go into a place they stopped me.
The philosophers Camus and Sartre raise the question whether or not a man can condemn himself.
Capitalism is a stupid system, a backward system.
No man can given anybody his freedom.
Black power can be clearly defined for those who do not attach the fears of white America to their questions about it.
A man is born free.
Before a group can enter the open society, it must first close ranks.
Seems to me that the institutions that function in this country are clearly racist, and that they’re built upon racism.
I knew that I could vote and that that wasn’t a privilege; it was my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived.
The masses don’t shed their blood for the benefit of a few individuals.
One of the tragedies of the struggle against racism is that up to now there has been no national organization which could speak to the growing militancy of young black people in the urban ghetto.