‎”One day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America?’ And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s market place. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the oil?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the iron ore?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?’ These are questions that must be asked.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


And this is what really got Dr. MLK killed.  (via black-culture)


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"I immediately visited some of the then so-called Negro leaders, only to discover, after a close study of them, that they had no program, but were mere opportunists who were living off their so-called leadership while the poor people were groping in the dark."

Marcus Garvey (via dangerousNEGRO)

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"If your success is defined as being well adjusted to injustice and well adapted to indifference, then we don’t want successful leaders. We want great leaders who love the people enough and respect the people enough to be unbought, unbound, unafraid, and unintimidated to tell the truth."

Dr. Cornel West (via claybrown1965)

~ knowledge equals black power: America’s (almost) silent drone war and mainstream media largely ignoring civilian murders

America’s unrelenting drone war in Pakistan and elsewhere receives little accurate media coverage. The reality of civilians living in these areas are often ignored. Instead, we’re told “militants” are being killed. But who is really telling us this? A friend, Justin Randle, recently attended the…

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Sometimes at night, I think to my self…Why am I inside this place?

I could have become something..done something positive. Doctor? Scientist? But instead, at the age of 19, im in here…boxed up here in jail..broken.

To the youth out there, life isn’t always sweet when the show is over…


African-American Prisoner charged with murder, 2003 (via afrikandiaspora)


When people ask—and it seems like people always be askin to where I can’t never get away from it—I say, Yeah, that’s right, my mother name was Henrietta Lacks, she died in 1951, John Hopkins took her cells and them cells are still livin today, still multiplyin, still growin and spreadin if you don’t keep em frozen. Science calls her HeLa and she’s all over the world in medical facilities, in all the computers and the Internet everywhere.

When I go to the doctor for my checkups I always say my mother was HeLa. They get all excited, tell me stuff like how her cells helped make my blood pressure medicines and antidepression pills and how all this important stuff in science happen cause of her. But they don’t never explain more than just sayin, Yeah, your mother was on the moon, she been in nuclear bombs and made that polio vaccine. I really don’t know how she did all that, but I guess I’m glad she did, cause that means she helpin lots of people. I think she would like that.

But I always have thought it was strange, if our mother cells done so much for medicine, how come her family can’t afford to see no doctors? Don’t make no sense. People got rich off my mother without us even knowin about them takin her cells, now we don’t get a dime. I used to get so mad about that to where it made me sick and I had to take pills. But I don’t got it in me no more to fight. I just want to know who my mother was.


Deborah Lacks, as quoted in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (via greaterthanlapsed)

“But I don’t got it in me no more to fight. I just want to know who my mother was.”

my heart

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~ It's Because I'm Young: Black Wall Street, 1921


It’s a shame that the destruction of Black Wall Street is not mentioned in history classes. Blacks were building their own independent businesses in Oklahoma, succeeding and out of jealousy and hate barbaric whites burned 35 square blocks of the prominent black community.

I read the story and…

"There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution…"

— Frederick Douglass (via poetic-affair)

wowzers. if this aint the truth, i don’t know what is.

i really hope you guys understand the gravity of this statement.

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~ Thoughts from a left handed...Star Wars???: Via Son of Baldwin ‎”Some historians told me 200 million Blacks died...


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‎”Some historians told me 200 million Blacks died during slavery. The smallest number I got from anybody was 60 million. There were travel accounts of people who were in the Congo—that’s a wide river—saying, ‘We could not get the boat through the river, it was…