Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Quotes From 14 Influential Black Leaders

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Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)

-“Honorary Prime Minister” of the Black Panther Party-

“The missionaries came with the Bible, and we had the land. When they left, they had the land, and we still have the Bible. And that has been the rationalization for Western civilization as it moves across the world and stealing and plundering and raping everybody in its path.”

“Black Power” speech at the University of California, Berkeley, (Oct. 29, 1966)

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-First President of Kenya-

“If Africans were left in peace on their own lands, Europeans would have to offer them the benefits of white civilization in real earnest before they could obtain the African labor which they want so much. They would have to offer the African a way of life which was really superior to the one his fathers lived before, and a share in the prosperity given them by their command of science. They would have to let the African choose what parts of European culture could be beneficially transplanted, and how they could be adapted … The African is conditioned, by cultural and social institutions of centuries, to a freedom of which Europe has little conception, and it is not in his nature to accept serfdom for ever.”

The conclusion to his book “Facing Mount Kenya,” (1938)

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