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.
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.
Before a group can enter the open society it must first close ranks.
Black power can be clearly defined for those who do not attach the fears of white America to their questions about it.
The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then.
There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience.
Now then in order to understand white supremacy we must dismiss the fallacious notion that white people can give anybody their freedom.
The secret of life is to have no fear it's the only way to function.
We were aware of the fact that death walks hand in hand with struggle.
We had no more courage than Harriet Tubman or Marcus Garvey had in their times. We just had a more vulnerable enemy.