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Kwame Ture (June 29, 1941 – November 15, 1998), also known as Stokely Carmichael, was a Trinidadian-American black activist active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement.

He rose to prominence first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced “snick”) and later as the “Honorary Prime Minister” of the Black Panther Party. Initially an integrationist, Carmichael later became affiliated with black nationalist and Pan-Africanist movements.

He popularized the term “Black Power” and ALSO INVENTED THE TERM “INSTITUTIONAL RACISM”

“It is a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for black people to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations.” ..Kwame Ture

The struggle is an eternal struggle. The capitalist system will confuse you. [Someone said], “our people are just a now people. They want everything now. If you tell them something for later ‘I ain’t got no time for later. I want it now!’” Capitalism makes you think that everything must come now. But the struggle that you’re involved in is a struggle in which you will not reap that which you have sown. You have already reaped that which has been sown by past generations. You must sow for future generations to reap.

I’m so tired of brothers and sisters coming in saying, “when am I going to enjoy the good life?” It ain’t for you, it’s for the next generation. Do your work now for the next generation. When you work for your people, it’s not what you receive, it’s what you give. And the best thing about working for the people is that what you really get for the people sometimes nobody else knows except you. This is real struggle for the people. Thus, we must wipe out from our minds that the struggle in which we’re involved in is going to give us any victories. The struggle in which we’re involved in is an eternal struggle. We are not working for ourselves, we are working for generations to come. Therefore, what I’ve done you ain’t even begin to see. Generations later will come to thank us for the work we’ve done now.

—  Kwame Ture (Formerly known as Stokely Carmichael)
Defiant rallies for worker rights mark May Day around world

ISTANBUL (AP) – Workers and activists marked May Day around the world Monday with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions.

Police detained 70 people in Istanbul as they tried to march. Garment workers in Cambodia defied a government ban to demand higher wages, and businesses in Puerto Rico were boarded up as the U.S. territory braced for a huge strike over austerity measures. In Paris, police fired tear gas and used clubs on rowdy protesters at a march that included calls to defeat far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Some May Day events around the world:


A May Day march in Paris turned violent less than a week before the runoff French presidential election as police clashed with a small group of protesters who threw Molotov cocktails at officers.

A few hundred protesters started throwing gasoline bombs and other objects at police at the front end of what started as a peaceful union march in the French capital on Monday.

Police responded with tear gas and truncheons. Riot police clubbed some protesters who were pushed up against a wall on a tree-lined avenue. One police officer was seen spraying a troublemaker in the face.

Four police officers were injured, one seriously burned in the face, Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said, denouncing the “intolerable violence.”

His statement said all would be done to identify and arrest those responsible.

The annual march to celebrate workers’ rights this year included calls to block far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen from winning the presidency during a runoff election on Sunday.

Some of the violent protesters at the May Day event had signs referring to the presidential election and expressing dissatisfaction with both candidates in Sunday’s runoff election.

“Not one or the other; instead it’s the people’s self-defense” read one sign. “Macron=Louis XVI, Le Pen=Le Pen,” read another.

Video showed riot police surrounding the protesters disrupting the march after isolating most of them from the rest of the crowd near the Place de la Bastille. However, some continued to lob firebombs that exploded into flames in the street.

The union activists continued to march separately, although police are interrupting to check bags for gasoline bombs.



Protesters blocked roads and marched in Puerto Rico’s capital to vent their anger over a decade-long economic crisis and looming austerity measures.

Demonstrators denounced the leaders of the U.S. Caribbean territory, blamed their economic troubles on a federal control board overseeing the Puerto Rican government’s finances and demanded an audit to identify those responsible for running up a $70 billion public debt.

The protests affected services at Puerto Rico’s largest public hospital, paralyzed the bus system and forced many businesses to close. Demonstrators also briefly blocked traffic near San Juan’s international airport, prompting some travelers to walk along the highway dragging suitcases.

While the protests began peacefully, toward the end police fired tear gas and smoke bombs and used pepper spray against a small group of protesters who broke several windows of a bank using a pipe and a skateboard. Some in the crowd burned U.S. flags.

A measure that has protected the territory’s public agencies from creditor lawsuits was expiring at midnight as the government struggled to reach a deal with bondholders to restructure part of the debt.



Police in Istanbul detained 165 people during May Day events around the city, most of them demonstrators trying to march to a symbolic square in defiance of a ban.

A security department statement said 18 other people suspected of planning illegal demonstrations and possible acts of violence Monday were detained in separate police operations.

Turkey declared Taksim Square off-limits to May Day demonstrations for the third year in a row. Police blocked points of entry, allowing only small groups of labor union representatives to lay wreaths at a monument there.

Major trade unions marked the day with rallies at government-designated areas in Istanbul and Ankara. Still, small groups tried to reach the square, leading to scuffles with police.

Taksim holds a symbolic value for Turkey’s labor movement. In 1977, 34 people were killed there during a May Day event when shots were fired into the crowd from a nearby building.



A protester briefly disrupted the start of Cuba’s largest annual political event, sprinting in front of May Day marchers with a U.S. flag before being tackled and dragged away.

President Raul Castro watched along with other military and civilian leaders and foreign dignitaries as the man broke through security and ran ahead of the tens of thousands in the pro-government march.

Plainclothes officers struggled to control the man but eventually lifted him off the ground and hauled him away in front of foreign and Cuban journalists covering the parade.

The protest was a surprising breach of security at a government-organized event where agents line the route.

Castro has said he will step down as president in February, making this his last May Day parade as head of state.



Two May Day marches were held in Moscow, both drawing from nostalgia for Soviet times.

First, a crowd that police estimated at about 130,000 people paraded across the cobblestones of Red Square, the site of Soviet-era May Day celebrations. The tradition was revived in 2014 after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and is seen as part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to stoke patriotic feelings.

Marchers, organized by official trade unions, waved the Russian tricolor flag and carried white, blue and red balloons.

The second march was led by the Communists, who over the years have tried to keep the May Day tradition alive. Their march, which skirted Red Square, drew several thousand people.

Many carried red flags with the Soviet hammer and sickle, but there was little honoring of Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin compared to previous years.

The Communist Party still has a faction in the Russian parliament but rarely poses any opposition to the Kremlin.



South African President Jacob Zuma was jeered by labor unionists and his May Day speech was cancelled after scuffles broke out between his supporters and workers chanting for him to step down.

Zuma, who is facing calls to resign after a string of scandals, was expected to call for unity between his ruling party, the African National Congress, and labor unions at the rally in Bloemfontein.

Groups in the crowd booed the president and clashed with his supporters before he could speak.

All speeches scheduled for the event then were cancelled by the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the country’s largest body of unions.

The organization has called for the 75-year-old Zuma to resign.

Zuma once a popular figure among South Africa’s workers, was eventually ushered away by his bodyguards.



Greek and Turkish Cypriots marked May Day with a “Rock for Peace” concert in support of talks aimed at reunifying their ethnically divided island.

Monday’s celebrations kicked off with a gathering of hundreds of Greek Cypriot left-wing trade unionists in front of Cyprus’ Finance Ministry to affirm their support for a peace deal that would bring about a united country.

The ambassadors of Palestine and Cuba, as well as the charge d'affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy, were also in attendance.

To the beat of marching bands, union members then marched to the capital’s Ledra Palace checkpoint, where they joined Turkish Cypriot counterparts. The checkpoint connects the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and the island’s internationally recognized south.

In unison, they entered a soccer field inside the United Nations-controlled buffer zone where Greek and Turkish Cypriot rock acts took to the stage.



Spain’s two major unions called marches in over 70 cities under the slogan “No More Excuses.” The UGT and CC.OO unions demanded that Spain’s conservative government roll back its labor reforms that made it cheaper to fire workers and increase wages and pensions.

CC.OO general secretary Ignacio Fernandez Toxo said that “Spain has been growing for two years and now it is time for the economy to align itself with the needs of the people.”

He spoke at a march of several thousand people in Madrid, which he led alongside UGT leader Josep Maria Alvarez. Thousands more marched in Barcelona, while other rallies were held in Seville, Valencia and other cities.

Under conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s economy has rebounded and unemployment has dropped from 27 percent in 2013 to 19 percent, but that is still the second-highest unemployment rate in the 28-nation European Union behind Greece.

Rajoy thanked Spain’s workers on Twitter: “I appreciate your contribution to the economic recovery. The government is working to create more and better jobs.”



Labor union and left-wing activists appealed for unity in order to oppose Poland’s current conservative government as they marked May Day with a parade in Warsaw.

The rally and a march was by the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions and by the Democratic Left Alliance, which lost all parliament seats in the 2015 election that brought the conservative populist Law and Justice party to power.

Sebastian Wierzbicki of the SLD said the left wing needs to protect workers’ rights but also focus on civic rights and human dignity.



Riot police watched carefully as more than 1,000 garment workers defied a government ban on marching to deliver a petition to the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, demanding a higher minimum wage and more freedom of assembly.

The marchers, holding a forest of banners, filled a street a short distance from the parliament complex and advanced noisily until they were stopped by a barricade and lines of police, holding batons, shields and guns capable of firing gas canisters. A standoff of several hours was resolved when a representative from the Assembly came out and accepted the petition.

The workers were from the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union. Among their demands was increasing the minimum wage from $153 to $208 per month. The clothing and footwear industry is Cambodia’s biggest export earner.

The major Cambodian labor unions traditionally have been loosely allied with opposition parties, posing a potential political threat to longtime authoritarian leader Hun Sen.



Several thousand protesters gathered outside Greece’s parliament as unions braced for more austerity measures imposed by bailout lenders.

Two large union-organized rallies were called in Athens on the holiday, with employees at many public services nominally on strike.

As the marches began, government officials prepared for more talks at a central Athens hotel with representatives of bailout creditors as the two sides were near an agreement to maintain draconian spending controls beyond the current rescue program.

The talks had been expected to end Sunday. Future spending cuts will include additional pension cuts and tax increases for Greeks, already hit by seven years of harsh cuts.

Greece’s largest labor union, the GSEE, has called a general strike for May 17 to protest the latest austerity package.



A few thousand left-wing activists and laborers marched and held noisy rallies to press for higher wages and an end to temporary contractual jobs that deprive workers of many benefits. In sweltering summer heat, the crowds in Manila also protested alleged extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug crackdown.

The activists carried murals of Duterte and President Donald Trump, asking the Philippine leader to stay away from the U.S. president, who has invited Duterte for a U.S. visit. Protest leader Venzer Crisostomo fears an “America First” policy would be disadvantageous to poorer countries like the Philippines. “We would not want Duterte to be in cahoots with Donald Trump in oppressing the country and in implementing policies.”



In Taipei, thousands of Taiwanese workers hoisted cardboard signs and banners in a march protesting what they said were unfairly low wages and deteriorating work conditions. A number of them staged a fake funeral procession, carrying a coffin with the words “basic annual pension” written on it, while others waved black flags.

Huang Yu-kai, president of the labor union of the Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corp. and a train conductor, said low wages in Taiwan are “the root of all problems.”

“This is why we take part in this march every year,” Huang said.

President Tsai Ing-wen said in a post on her Facebook page that improvements are being made even if major changes would take time. “Although reform would not be completed in one step, the progress we have made is not small.”



Thousands of garment industry workers in the impoverished South Asian nation gathered to demand better wages and legal protection.

About 4 million people are employed in the country’s garment industry, the second largest in the world. The industry, with about 4,000 factories, earns $25 billion a year from exports, mainly to the United States and Europe, but working conditions often are grim.

Lovely Yesmin, president of the Readymade Garments Workers Federation, one of several unions representing factory workers, said just increasing salaries is not enough.

She said workers must be provided better living quarters and health benefits, and factories must make provisions so the children of factory workers can be educated.

“These are our demands on the great May Day of 2017,” she said.



Thousands of people celebrated May Day peacefully in Germany’s capital, but police clashed with far-right demonstrators in the eastern town of Apolda, taking 100 people into custody before declaring the situation under control.

Police told the dpa news agency that about 150 demonstrators who had attended a protest elsewhere started causing problems in Apolda’s town center after getting off a train. Authorities said they ignored police warnings and started throwing stones and firecrackers at officers.

Meanwhile, several thousand far-left demonstrators marched through Berlin, setting off smoke bombs and firecrackers along their route. The “Revolutionary May 1 Demonstration” was not registered with authorities as required, but police decided to tolerate the evening march.

Primarily dressed in black, the demonstrators chanted slogans like “flood the G20” — referring to the summit of the Group of 20 major economic powers being held in Hamburg this summer.

Some 5,400 police officers, called in from across the country, were on hand.



Thousands of people marched through the streets of Lisbon under the slogan “Value Work and Workers.”

The CGTP-IN union that helped organize the May Day march said in a manifesto that workers must push for “a renegotiation of the (national) debt,” the second-highest in the European Union after Greece despite an improving economy.

Portugal’s national statistics agency reported Friday that the unemployment rate had hit an 8-year low of 9.9 percent under the current center-left government. That’s down from the high of 16.2 in 2013.

“I wish Portugal could serve as example,” government worker Jose Goncalves, 42, said while marching in Lisbon. “I have my doubts, but yes, there may be an alternative to the rise of the far right in France, to a state of almost dictatorship in Turkey, or such a dubious situation in Brazil. Workers are still here and willing to fight.”



Venezuelan police and anti-government demonstrators clashed in the streets of the capital as an intensifying protest movement opposing socialist President Nicolas Maduro entered its second month.

Opposition supporters sought to march on government buildings in downtown Caracas, but police blocked their path, as they have done more than a dozen times in four weeks of near-daily protests. Officers launched tear gas and chased people away from main thoroughfares as the peaceful march turned into chaos.

Some demonstrators threw stones and gasoline bombs and dragged trash into the streets to make barricades.

A separate government-sponsored march celebrating May Day went off without incident.

INFO:  Bayard Rustin was a leader in U.S. movements for civil rights, socialism, non-violence, and gay rights. He was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin also influenced young activists, such as Stokely Carmichael, in organizations like the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was arrested for his sexuality in 1953; LGBT people were criminalized in parts of the United States until 2003. Rustin’s extremely public criminal charge was criticized by some fellow civil-rights leaders, including Black power militants. This led to Rustin choosing to remain a behind the scenes influential leader to avoid conflict. In the 1970s, he became a public advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes.

FOR MORE INFO Search: “March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom (1963)”, “CORE”, “SNCC” , “AFL-CIO ”, “Stokely Carmichael”

sobbing-devil  asked:

As a Celiac student living paycheck to paycheck, just want to say your blog is AMAZING. I just found it the other day and was so stoked on how organized it is. I just got paid... anything you're particularly fond of?

woo hoo!!! *gluten intolerant high five*

here are four favorite recipes of mine that came to mind:

the west african soup is the most labor intensive, but it has an amazing flavor profile and makes tons of leftovers. the simple flavored chickpeas are great to make in a bit batch and snack on through the week. the nutella cookies are great to make and share with friends — they taste like they take so much more effort than they actually do! and the vegan chocolate mousse is, well, flawless. it is SO good. (seriously.) (super seriously.) (i do not lie.)

happy cooking! <3 followers, you should link to your favorite recipes in the replies!

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Malcolm X was a conscious brother. Before when he was an unconscious brother, he wasn’t a member of any organization. He didn’t care about no organization. But Malcolm X was ready to throw a brick at the police just like any conscious brother. He was unconscious. When Malcolm became conscious he became a member of the Nation of Islam. And when Malcolm left the Nation of Islam, Malcolm - knowing the importance of organizations - created 2 organizations: the Muslim Mosque Incorporated and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Malcolm X knew the necessity of organization.
—  Stokely Carmichael (later known as Kwame Ture)
Kwame Ture (Formerly known as Stokely Carmichael) on Unity of Thought, the Los Angeles Rebellion, Political Education, Organization, Discipline and Knowledge

[We] have unity of action; we lack unity of thought. Look at Los Angeles; here you have clear unity of action. If I went to Los Angeles the day before Rodney King was charged, and I said “look here brothers and sisters, they’re going to let these pigs get away free! We gots to organize, we needs to get some guns, we needs to get some Molotov cocktails-” “Oh, he’s just talking.”

But the minute at 3 o'clock in the afternoon when the decision went down, they didn’t even listen to Malcolm who said “after dark for even-steven,” they went in to the streets at 3 o'clock. And an entire people who were fighting each other, cutting each other, disgusted with each other, came together in a unified force and took on the second largest city in the greatest imperialist power in the world, and made them bring in their army to suppress them. We have unity of action. What we lack is unity of though.

Unity of action without guidance of unity of thought leads one into a reactionary position. Our people have unity of action, but this unity of action is usually triggered by an enemy action. For example, it’s only when they have an incident in Howard Beach that everyone jump up like if Howard beach all of a sudden changed; it’s the same thing. And after they jump up and make a little noise, after a while they just sit right back down and say, “oh, Lord, please don’t let them shoot nobody else while I’m alive so I don’t have to go out there and make no protest. Please wait until I die.”

Rodney King gets beat up, what’s new about it? I’ve been dealing with the Los Angeles pigs since I was in the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. And I know the pigs in Los Angeles. They are the most vicious that you can find any place in this country. They have in Los Angeles what they call a choke-hold. The police puts it on you. You go look and see how many been killed by the choke-hold. It’s your history, you’re supposed to know it. The police must bring the people back into being intimidated. They must do it.

But this unity of action which we have can only come to stop the police at certain times for certain periods because it’s spontaneous. A people will never win a war through spontaneous action. You can only win a war through planned action. You give me 100 organized brothers and sisters, and let us face 10,000 disorganized with the same weapons. as Africa is my mother, we’ll whoop them every time, hands down. Kwame Nkrumah said, “it is organization that decides everything.” And the fact that we’re disorganized proves it because we decide absolutely nothing.

In order to have unity of thought we must have collective thinking. One of the biggest problems with our movement is that we got so many individual stars and superstars. They are not disciplined to any organization. Organization disciplines you, and we are an undisciplined people. If you are just a member of the NAACP, it’s a nice Spring afternoon, you want to go out and lollygag but the NAACP has a meeting, if you’re disciplined, you go to the meeting. How many of us can actually say that we on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, go to meetings for organizations, and help to push these organizations forward through collective thinking? It’s not done.

And most cases, most organizations don’t even have political education programs built in the organization. As a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee we had none. As a member of the Black Panther Party we had none. Absolutely none. As a matter of fact, when I tried to bring it, “oh you’re just a bourgeois college student!” “That’s right, Jack! And an honor roll student at that! That’s right. Not only that Jack, I took philosophy, and dig this: everything I get I give back to my people.” Does it make sense to you that you are the leader of a movement, you have 1,000 people who are following, and you are the only one who can see better than all these thousand? That’s stupidity. One woman may be more intelligent than one man, that’s a fact. But no one man can have more experiences than two people. And it’s experience that brings knowledge.

Sit down and read a book with a stupid man. Let him read the same book. Come back and discuss it: he will show you stupid things to show you how stupid you were ‘cause you didn’t even see it. These are facts.

As a people, we have no collective reading, no collective study, no collective thinking. This is our greatest error as a people. This is our greatest shortcoming as a people. This is why we can’t even discuss who we are. Because somebody think they Black-American and that’s what they think, and “what I think is what I think!” Like you think you think you can think. Half the time they aren’t thinking, reacting to stimuli, and think they thinking. Unless we do collective reading and collective discussion, we cannot come to unified thought.

Of course, the enemy will confuse you. Capitalist system will tell you, “you can think whatever you think. That’s it!” Man told me that the other day. I said, “you African,” he said “I don’t think that.” I said “you think you’re thinking,” He said “I don’t care what you say. I ain’t no African, and that’s what I think and what I think is right.” I said, “Okay, please. Think that 2 plus 2 equals 5. Think it.”

No man, no woman, is born with the truth inside of them; not one. All of us come to acquire the truth by searching for it. First of all, we must even have a desire to know the truth. Acquisition of knowledge is directly related to the desire for knowledge. If you do not desire knowledge you will never acquire knowledge. Once you understand that your people are oppressed because they lack knowledge, if you love your people, you seek knowledge. If you love your people, you seek knowledge. And we understand this knowledge cannot be individual knowledge, it must be collective knowledge. Unity of thought must come.

We are concluding but we say what we always say. We will never tire of saying it because it’s the truth. If you love your people, join an organization fighting for your people. Where is the problem?

anonymous asked:

do you know any pdfs for malcolm books or any others? btw have you heard of "lies my teacher told me?" i think its right up your alley

Unfortunately, the Tumblr Readabookson was deleted. They had hundreds of books in PDF form. What I’ve told people is to start going to libraries because many books can be easily gotten there. If your local library doesn’t have a certain book, it can be ordered from another library to yours for a pick up. Some of the books on here you should be able to find for cheap on Ebay. I have heard of that one, and I will be reading it. Right now I have a long list I have to read first, but thanks for the recommendation.

I’ve also set up my own resource center where you can find all sorts of excerpts from dozens of speeches, interviews, videos, and books here (with sources) depending on who you want to read (this is updated almost every day):

Malcolm X: There’s a Worldwide Revolution Going On

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere

Fred Hampton: Dare To Struggle, Dare To Win

Robert F. Williams: We Must Protect Ourselves, We Must Defend Ourselves

Assata Shakur: She Who Struggles

Amílcar Cabral: The Weapon Theory

Medgar Evers: We Cannot Let Up Now

Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael): Organization Is The Weapon Of The Oppressed

Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap. Brown): If you can’t beat yourself you can’t beat nobody else. Everybody can fight but everybody can’t win

George Jackson: I’ve been patient, but where I’m concerned patience has its limits. Take it too far and it’s cowardice.

Eldridge Cleaver: Either you’re part of the solution, or part of the problem

Dr. Amos N. Wilson: We must prepare for revolution and prepare for war

Patrice Lumumba: Africa will write its own history, and to the north and south of the Sahara, it will be a glorious and dignified history.

Thomas Sankara: When the people stand up, imperialism trembles

These are other resources:

Dr. Earl Grant: Archivist of Malcolm X

James Baldwin:

Black Panther Party resource:

Kwame Ture (Formerly known as Stokely Carmichael) on Guns, Capitalism, the Civil Rights Movement, Racism and Organization

We had more guns in the Black Panther Party chapter in New York alone than all the gangs in New York have today. I’m speaking to you facts. And yet nobody was getting shot in the African community by these guns. It is not guns that kill people, it is people that kill people. And they can kill you with poison. The problem is capitalism; the problem is a value that says you can get rich by any means necessary …

These guns that these youth have must be used to protect the community. But let me show you exactly how the guns came. You remember the 50s? If you stepped on a brother’s alligator shoe he’d cut you from ear to ear. The enemy was sure that in the 1950s he had us. I mean if you saw us in the 1950s, when brother Malcolm was speaking out there, you’d laugh. Africans use to come by and laugh at them, “oh, you talking nonsense.” Nobody paid attention. The enemy was sure he had them. But it was this same generation in the 50s that jumped up on him in the 60s.

The Chinese say: if you make a mistake, and you know it’s a mistake, and you don’t correct the mistake, you’ve made your second mistake. The enemy is not like us; they are scientific. When they make a mistake, they correct it. We are the only ones who make mistakes and continue making them. We revolutionaries, since mistakes are fatal, we are forced to correct them; we seek quickly to detect them. The enemy was surprised: “You mean that these Africans who were sleeping, and dope heads, and cutting each other in the 50s jumped up on the 60s, and these Africans who were afraid of the police jumped up and started shooting the police?! We must put a stop to this!”

We say you can make no analysis of the people if you leave out the enemy. The enemy said, “we must reduce these people to such a state that there will be so much internal chaos inside their community that once again they will beg the policeman to come back in.” It’s very simple. There’s nothing complicated about the plan at all. The enemy decided to pump in drugs, pump in guns and cut down on revolutionary talk. Let the culture talk about shaking their butts and nothing else.

But we strugglers have a responsibility. In fight of heightened oppression of the enemy, we must heighten our resistance. I remember the other day a brother came and said, “Oh, hey, brother Kwame Ture, remember me? I was out there with you in the 60s! I was out there!” “So whatchu doing now?” “I ain’t doing nothing.” “You should be shot.” I speak the truth. I know how desperately we need anyone who has any experience of struggle out here today. We need them more than we did in the 60s. And the beautiful thing about today is we got a whole lot who got a whole lot of experience.

Who was Franklin H. Williams?

For those even slightly familiar with Peace Corps history, you’ve almost definitely heard about Sargent Shriver, the first agency Director and the person credited right after President Kennedy with the agency’s founding.

Lesser known but equally due founding credit is Franklin H. Williams (above left, with Shriver), an African American civil rights lawyer, diplomat and foundation president who worked to improve interracial relations in the U.S. He joined Director Shriver as his Special Assistant in 1961 and later became the agency’s Africa Regional Director.

Williams’s career was illustrious before and after Peace Corps. He began his law career at the NAACP, first as assistant special counsel to Thurgood Marshall, where he argued cases before the Supreme Court, and later as the West Coast Regional Director. At the NAACP Williams conducted drives for legislation on minority employment and won the first judgment in a case involving school desegregation. As Assistant Attorney General in California, he created the state’s first Constitutional Rights Section within the Department of Justice. After serving on Peace Corps staff, Williams served as Ambassador to Ghana in the administration of President Johnson, and from 1970 to 1990 he served as the president of the Phelps-Stokes Fund, an organization established to enhance educational opportunities for Africans, African Americans and American Indians.

If I’m not posting, look into all the information I’ve uploaded and posted in the meantime. I spent a long time putting this together, and I continue to add to it constantly. It wouldn’t matter if this gets deleted since I have all of it elsewhere, but I want to have it here for everyone to read. Learn about these individuals and groups:

Malcolm X: There’s a Worldwide Revolution Going On

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere

Fred Hampton: Dare To Struggle, Dare To Win

Robert F. Williams: We Must Protect Ourselves, We Must Defend Ourselves

Assata Shakur: She Who Struggles

Amílcar Cabral: The Weapon Theory

Medgar Evers: We Cannot Let Up Now

Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael): Organization Is The Weapon Of The Oppressed

Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap. Brown): If you can’t beat yourself you can’t beat nobody else. Everybody can fight but everybody can’t win

George Jackson: I’ve been patient, but where I’m concerned patience has its limits. Take it too far and it’s cowardice.

Eldridge Cleaver: Either you’re part of the solution, or part of the problem

Dr. Amos N. Wilson: We must prepare for revolution and prepare for war

Patrice Lumumba: Africa will write its own history, and to the north and south of the Sahara, it will be a glorious and dignified history.

Thomas Sankara: When the people stand up, imperialism trembles

These are other resources:

Dr. Earl Grant: Archivist of Malcolm X

James Baldwin:

Black Panther Party resource:

We Need Organization - Tumble Is Not Enough
It is going to take more than analyzing history to have an active role in this struggle. It is definitely going to take much more than having a blog to be effective against those we are against. Without us joining organizations, creating organizations, or attending meetings and demonstrations to help build up a power base for us and our communities, we will be powerless and hypocritical in our stance to fight oppression. You can know all the revolutionary theory you want, but if you are not putting those ideas into practice you are wasting your time. Now I have to ask, what are you going to do to elevate your role in the struggle besides just blogging about it?

At the most, this website should educate and inspire us into action. This is not an endpoint. Of course, educating and organizing in your community will be difficult because when you try to act sane in an insane society, the society will look at you as if you are insane. We need to study, have discipline, be serious, be committed, and be uncompromising. Remember that when leaders go out and work in their communities, many of them put in 20 hours a day working for the people. Over here I feel that we get defeated after seeing something that is longer than a paragraph.

Here I can offer the words of those who came before us, or happen to be imprisoned today on false charges by the power structure. Learn from them and correct their mistakes. Many movements from the past have been destroyed, but we will come back stronger.

Malcolm X: There’s a Worldwide Revolution Going On

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere

Fred Hampton: Dare To Struggle, Dare To Win

Robert F. Williams: We Must Protect Ourselves, We Must Defend Ourselves

Assata Shakur: She Who Struggles

Amílcar Cabral: The Weapon Theory

Medgar Evers: We Cannot Let Up Now

Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael): Organization Is The Weapon Of The Oppressed

Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap. Brown): If you can’t beat yourself you can’t beat nobody else. Everybody can fight but everybody can’t win

George Jackson: I’ve been patient, but where I’m concerned patience has its limits. Take it too far and it’s cowardice.

Eldridge Cleaver: Either you’re part of the solution, or part of the problem

Dr. Amos N. Wilson: We must prepare for revolution and prepare for war

Patrice Lumumba: Africa will write its own history, and to the north and south of the Sahara, it will be a glorious and dignified history.

Thomas Sankara: When the people stand up, imperialism trembles

These are other resources:

Dr. Earl Grant: Archivist of Malcolm X

James Baldwin:

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