We must stand up and say, “I’m black and I’m beautiful,” and this self-affirmation is the black man’s need, made compelling by the white man’s crimes against him.
Martin Luther King Jr

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While Malcolm X viewed the “white press” as more or less a lost cause its coverage remained largely negative until the day he died he nevertheless engaged it and, at times, outsmarted it. The public’s trust of and faith in visual media, and its dominant role in shaping public opinion, made it a powerful outlet for reaching his target audience: African-Americans disillusioned with the mainstream civil rights movement.

I am of the African race, and in the colour which is natural to them of the deepest dye; and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
Benjamin Banneker (via specialnights)

“I knew I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government.”

“The United States of America is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”

“God didn’t call on America to engage in a senseless, unjust war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that War. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any other nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it. And we won’t stop it because of our pride and arrogance as a nation.”

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

“To pursue endless war is to worship the god of hate and bow before the altar of retaliation.”

“How can they [America’s enemies] trust us when we… charge them with violence while we pour every new weapon of death into their land? Surely we must understand their feelings even if we do not condone their actions.”

“We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy…”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right.
Dr. Martin L. King Jr

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…I wanna tell you how much we wanted to make revolution
But in our yearning we learned, suffering ain’t noble and to struggle is a blessing
that brings more life on the side of life itself

That wide are the rivers we know, deep is the water ,
hip-hop and beyond hip-hop and before
I mean I could run out of breathe before I could divest the rest that I don’t know

Maybe, I can break it down to you like this
We dreamed you Black, in your badness
Made you up out of poems, and lies and words to live by
And we ourselves was dreamed, most likely by some slaves
Whenever they got a little space to climb into their heads and be free
So when they closed their eyes, what did they see?
They saw you…they saw me…

- Sekou Sundiata

…But it has historically been the case with white people, in their regard for black people, that even though we might be with them; we weren’t considered of them. Even though they appeared to have opened the door, it was still closed. Thus they never did really see me.
Malcolm X (via specialnights)

specialnights:

'Longing For Freedom' by Orlando J. Black.

specialnights:

'A Hunger to Learn' by Henry L. Stephens.

specialnights:

'The Writing Lesson' by Harry Herman Roseland.


Malcolm Little, Detroit Red, X, El Hajj Malik Shabazz, Hero, Martyr-Saint.

You can do whatever you want if you just put your heart in it, Allah will show you that there is a God in you.
The Hon. Elijah Muhammad
Heaven is a condition of life and not a special place. Heaven is enjoying peace of mind.
The Hon. Elijah Muhammad