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RBG Quotable Elders and Ancestors

  1. 1. RBG Blakademics Febuary, 2011"I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more if they had known theywere slaves." Harriet Tubman"The events which transpired five thousand years ago; Five years ago or five minutesago, have determined what will happen five minutes from now; five years From now orfive thousand years from now. All history is a current event."Dr. John Henrik ClarkeIda B. Wells-Barnett"No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow."Alice WalkerQUOTABLE ELDERS AND ANCESTORS Page 1
  2. 2. RBG Blakademics Febuary, 2011"First, my people must be taught the knowledge of self. Then and only then will they beable to understand others and that which surrounds them. Anyone who does not have aknowledge of self is considered a victim of either amnesia or unconsciousness and isnot very competent. The lack of knowledge of self is a prevailing condition among mypeople here in America. Gaining the knowledge of self makes us unite into a great unity.Knowledge of self makes you take on the great virtue of learning."Honorable Elijah Muhammad"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out justwhat any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure ofinjustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till theyare resisted with either words or blow, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribedby the endurance of those whom they oppress."Frederick Douglass"African-Americans have not yet learn that no other people have continued worshippinganothers God, especially their slave masters god or gods and freed themselves fromcultural and physical genocide. Why should Africans and African-Americans be the onlyexception to this historic reality?"Dr. Ben"Freedom is to come to the Negro, not as a bequest, but as a conquest."Carter G. Woodson"Judaism, Christianity & Islam are innovations on fragments from the periphery of theAfrican cultural and spiritual system."Professor James Small"Whoever controls the images, controls your self-esteem, self-respect and self-development. Whoever controls the history, controls the vision."Dr. Leonard Jeffries"The thing to do is to get organized; keep separated and you will be exploited, you willbe robbed, you will be killed. Get organized and you will compel the world to respectyou."Marcus Garvey"Remain separated and you will suffer; Together we are invincible !"Haywood Barber, Sr."A man who wont die for something is not fit to live."Martin Luther King, Jr.Those who seek temporary security rather than basic liberty deserve neither...Queen Mother MooreQUOTABLE ELDERS AND ANCESTORS Page 2
  3. 3. RBG Blakademics Febuary, 2011"Sure there are a few good whites just as much as there are a few bad Blacks. Howeverwhat we are concerned here with is group attitudes and group politics. The exceptiondoes not make a lie or the rule - it merely substantiates it."Steve Biko"I started with this idea in my head, "theres two things Ive got a right to....death orliberty?." Harriet Tubman"Youre not an African because youre born in Africa. Youre an African because Africa isborn in you. Its in your genes.... your DNA....your entire biological make up. Whetheryou like it or not, thats the way it is. However, if you were to embrace this truth withopen arms....my, my, my....what a wonderful thing."Marimba Ani"To illuminate our real African History, to clarify our African Present, to brilliantly projectour African Future."Mama Kefa Nephthys"Truth crush to earth will rise again stronger than ever."Dr. Leonard Jeffries"Im not going to sit at your table and watch you eat, with nothing on my plate, and callmyself a diner. Sitting at the table doesnt make you a diner."Malcolm X"Ignore the ignorance of the ignorant"Unknown"What Black Consciousness seeks to do is to produce at the output end of the processreal Black people who do not regard themselves as appendages to white society."Steve Biko"I grew up like a neglected weed, ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Nowthat Ive been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is." Harriet Tubman"Two wrongs dont make a right....but it makes things even."Lana "Isis" Drakes"The only protection against injustice in man is power.....physical, financial andscientific."Marcus GarveyQUOTABLE ELDERS AND ANCESTORS Page 3
  4. 4. RBG Blakademics Febuary, 2011"Win or lose, we win by raising the issues."Charlotta Bass"The most disastrous aspect of colonization which you are the most relunctant torelease from your mind is their colonization of the image of God."Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing"Peace if possible, War if necessary."Dr. Khallid A. Muhammad"My bones are tired. Not tired of struggling, but tired of oppression."Queen Mother Moore"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people whoprepare for it today."Malcolm X"Powerful people never educate powerless people in what they need that they can useto take the power away from powerful people; its too much to expect. If I was in power, Iwould not educate people in how to take my powers away."Dr. John Henrik Clarke"I never ran my train off the track. And I never lost a passenger" Harriet Tubman"...education has but one honorable purpose, one alone, everything else is a waste oftime......that is to train the student to be a proper handler of power."Dr. John Henrik Clarke"Black Consciousness is in essence the realization by the black man of the need to rallytogether with his brothers around the cause of their operation - the blackness of theirskin - and to operate as a group in order to rid themselves of the shackles that bindthem to perpetual servitude."Steve Biko"One is fully conscious when he or she is the results of having been informed andinstructed by the experience of his or her ancestors and use that knowledge to master,understand and become able to create institutions that allow him or her to live inharmony with the rest of nature and the universe."Professor James Small"Just because a cat has kittens in the oven, that doesnt make them biscuits."Malcolm XQUOTABLE ELDERS AND ANCESTORS Page 4
  5. 5. RBG Blakademics Febuary, 2011"God created black people and black people created style."George C. Wolfe"For the human race to get along sounds like a wonderful thing......yet and still, Africansas a people globally must first get along. Then and only then can we realistically getalong truthfully with any other race. Anything other than that......youre just foolingyourself."Unknown"The Lord who told me to take care of my people meant me to do it just as long as I live,and so I did what he told me." Harriet Tubman"Every form of true education trains the student in self-reliance"Dr. John Henrik Clarke"When you control a mans thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You donot have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his proper place and willstay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. Infact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makesit necessary"Carter G. Woodson"African people need to stop shouting nationtime until they are clear about theresponsibilities of running a nation."Dr. John Henrik Clarke"No people to whom liberty is given can hold it as firmly and wear it as grandly as thosewho wrench their liberty from the iron hand of the tyrant."Frederick Douglass"Of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research."Malcolm X"Look at you....chasing your tail....running after the dollar bill as if its going to solve yourproblems personally or collectively as a people. Black America is in the top 10 list ofrichest nations in the world. Still....look at us. Disrespected, mistreated and downtrodden to say the least. Why? Because we dont study our past and present to create abetter future with our resources. We have to study our history....Its mandatory."Lloyd "Amen-Ra" SpiveyQUOTABLE ELDERS AND ANCESTORS Page 5
  6. 6. RBG Blakademics Febuary, 2011"History is a clock people use to tell their historical culture and political time of the day.Its a compass that people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. Thehistory tells them where they have been, where they are and what they are. But mostimportantly history tells a people where they still must go and what they still must be"Dr. John Henrik ClarkeThe economic philosophy of black nationalism only means that our people need to bere-educated into the importance of controlling the economy of the community in whichwe live, which means that we wont have to constantly be involved in picketing andboycotting other people in other communities in order to get jobsMalcolm X"Black Consciousness therefore takes cognizance of the deliberateness of Gods plan increating Black people black."Steve Biko"When you deal with the past, youre dealing with history, youre dealing actually withthe origin of a thing. When you know the origin, you know the cause Its impossible foryou and me to have a balanced mind in this society without going into the past, becausein this particular society, as we function and fit into it right now, were such an underdog,were trampled upon, were looked upon as almost nothing. Now if we dont go into thepast and find out how we got this way, we will think that we were always this way. And ifyou think that you were always in the condition that youre in right now, its impossiblefor you to have too much confidence in yourself, you become worthless, almost nothing.But when you go back into the past and find out where you once were, then you willknow that you once had attained a higher level, had made great achievements,contributions to society, civilization, science, and so forth. And you know that if you oncedid it you can do it again; you automatically get the incentive, the inspiration and theenergy necessary to duplicate what our forefathers did."Malcolm X"Our purpose in life is to leave a legacy for our children and our childrens children. Forthis reason, we must correct history that at present denies our humanity and self-respect."Queen Mother Moore"Now consciousness, what is consciousness? Consciousness is being aware of onessurroundings, recognizing the existence, truth or fact of something; being aware of thevery moment, the very instant that you are in; being aware of how you affect the humansocial, political, and natural ecology you are a part of and how it affects you.Consciousness is being informed and instructed through your groups peculiar culture onthe effects of the varied ecologies on your immediate and distant ancestors, and to beaware of their interpretation of that experience."Professor James SmallQUOTABLE ELDERS AND ANCESTORS Page 6
  7. 7. RBG Blakademics Febuary, 2011"Billions of dollars a year is pumped into the propaganda machine to keep black peopleignorant of the truth about their history and condition."Unknown"The longer I live and the more I study the question, the more I am convinced that it isnot so much the problem of what you will do with Negro, as what the Negro will do withyou and your civilization."Booker T. Washington"All of us may not live to see the higher accomplishments of an African empire, sostrong and powerful as to compel the respect of mankind, but we in our lifetime can sowork and act as to make the dream a possibility within another generation."Marcus Garvey"Love of self comes first. The one who loves everybody is the one who does not loveanyone."Honorable Elijah MuhammadQUOTABLE ELDERS AND ANCESTORS Page 7