I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.
What was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do to me was kill me and it seemed like they'd been trying to do that a little bit at a time ever since I could remember.
White Americans today don't know what in the world to do because when they put us behind them, that's where they made their mistake. . . . they put us behind them, and we watched every move they made.
There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.
If the white man gives you anything -- just remember when he gets ready he will take it right back. We have to take for ourselves.
People have got to get together and work together. I'm tired of the kind of oppression that white people have inflicted on us and are still trying to inflict.
With the people, for the people, by the people. I crack up when I hear it; I say, with the handful, for the handful, by the handful, cause that's what really happens.
I always said if I lived to get grown and had a chance, I was going to try to get something for my mother and I was going to do something for the black man of the South if it would cost my life; I was determined to see that things were changed.
It's time for America to get right.