You are a god if you think like a god. If you think like a god you cannot fail to act like a god.
Wallace Wattles

"Our purpose in life is to leave a legacy for our children and our children’s children. For this reason, we must correct history that at present denies our humanity and self-respect." - Queen Mother Moore

specialnights:

To Anita

high/yellow/black/girl 

walken like the sun u be. 

move on even higher. 

         those who 

laugh at yo/color 

         have not moved 

to the blackness we be about 

cuz as Curtis Mayfield be sayen 

we people be darker than blue 

         and quite a few

of us be yellow

         all soul/shades of

blackness.

         yeah. high/yellow/black/girl

     walk yo/black/song

       cuz some of us

         be hearen yo/sweet/music.

 - Sonia Sanchez

Brown girls rouged and painted like dark pansies. Brown flesh draped in soft colorful clothes. Brown lips full and pouted for sweet kissing. Brown breasts throbbing with love.
Claude McKay
The doll-baby type of woman is a thing of the past, and the wide-awake woman is forging ahead…
Amy Jacques Garvey

The system used the main nonviolent themes of Martin Luther King’s life to present a strategy designed to protect its own interests – imagine the most violent nation on earth, the heir of Indian and African genocide, the only nation ever to drop an atomic bomb on a civilian population, the world’s biggest arms dealer, the country that napalmed over 10 million people in Vietnam (to “save” it from communism), the world’s biggest jailer, waving the corpse of King, calling for nonviolence!
Mumia Abu-Jamal

specialnights:

Bobby Seale, Attica State Correctional Facility, Sep 1971.

With the riot at Attica State Correctional Facility worsening the prisoners ask to speak to the Black Panthers, William Kunstler, the Nation of Islam and the Young Lords among others. Bobby Seale and Elbert “Big Man” Howard were among the Panthers there. They negotiated a peaceful resolution which was undermined by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller who had aspirations beyond mere Governor.

specialnights:

Two inmates at the Attica State Prison visit with another inmate inside a makeshift hospital set up by the inmates inside cellblock D, Sept. 11, 1971.

specialnights:

The Attica Rebellion in D-Yard, September 1971, sparked uprisings in other prisons across the U.S. and gave birth to a new generation of struggle.

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“We are MEN! We are not beasts and do not intend to be beaten or driven as such. The entire prison populace has set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States. What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed.”—The Five Demands: To the People of America, Attica inmates, September 9, 1971.

specialnights:

Inmates at Attica State Prison in Attica, N.Y., raise their hands in clenched fists in a show of unity during the Attica uprising in this photo from Sept. 11, 1971.

“You did the right thing. It’s a tragedy that these poor fellows were shot but I just want you to know that’s my view and I’ve told the troops around here that I back that right to the hilt,” Nixon told Rockefeller by telephone after Rockefeller ordered that 1,000 law enforcement officers to storm the prison and retake it from inmates who were holding dozens of guards hostage.

Nixon asked Rockefeller whether blacks were primarily involved in the uprising.

“Oh yes, the whole thing was led by the blacks,” Rockefeller said in part of an exchange experts said hinted at the two political leaders’ immediate concerns over public perception.