Quotations by Stokely Carmichael

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Born: Sunday, June 29, 1941
Died: Sunday, November 15, 1998 (57 years old)
Profession: Activist
Nationality: American


A man is born free.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Man)

An organization which claims to be working for the needs of a community - as SNCC does - must work to provide that community with a position of strength from which to make its voice heard. This is the significance of black power beyond the slogan.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Power, Work, Strength, Community, Needs, Voice)

Before a group can enter the open society, it must first close ranks.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Society, First, Open)

Black power can be clearly defined for those who do not attach the fears of white America to their questions about it.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Power, America, Questions)

Capitalism is a stupid system, a backward system.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Capitalism)

I also know that while I am black I am a human being, and therefore I have the right to go into any public place. White people didn't know that.Every time I tried to go into a place they stopped me.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Time, People, Being, Public, Right)

I knew that I could vote and that that wasn't a privilege; it was my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Time, Privilege, Right, Vote)

I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: People, Civil rights, Country)

I usually say I did the best I could with what I had. I have no major regrets.
- Stokely Carmichael

Integration is a man's ability to want to move in there by himself. If someone wants to live in a white neighborhood and he is black, that is his choice. It should be his rights. It is not because white people will not allow him.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: People, Ability, Choice, Rights, Man, Want, Will)

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.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: People, Goals, Community, Country, Sense)

Leaders in Africa are so corrupt that we are certain if we put dogs in uniforms and put guns on their shoulders, we'd be hard put to distinguish them.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Dogs, Leaders)

No man can given anybody his freedom.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Freedom, Man)

Now we maintain that we cannot be afford to be concerned about 6 percent of the children in this country, black children, who you allow to come into white schools. We have 94 percent who still live in shacks. We are going to be concerned about those 94 percent.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Children, Country, Now, Schools)

Now, then, in order to understand white supremacy we must dismiss the fallacious notion that white people can give anybody their freedom.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: People, Freedom, Now, Order)

One of the tragedies of the struggle against racism is that up to now there has been no national organization which could speak to the growing militancy of young black people in the urban ghetto.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: People, Now, Racism, Struggle)

Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation's out of breath. We ain't running no more.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Running)

Seems to me that the institutions that function in this country are clearly racist, and that they're built upon racism.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Country, Racism)

So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn't because of Black Power, isn't because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it's not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Power, Cities, Civil rights, Committee)

The first need of a free people is to define their own terms.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: People, First)

The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Knowledge)

The masses don't shed their blood for the benefit of a few individuals.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Blood)

The philosophers Camus and Sartre raise the question whether or not a man can condemn himself.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Man, Question)

The secret of life is to have no fear; it's the only way to function.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Life, Fear)

There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Civil rights, Liberal, Voice)

There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Government, Conscience, Law)

We are revolutionaries.
- Stokely Carmichael

We had no more courage than Harriet Tubman or Marcus Garvey had in their times. We just had a more vulnerable enemy.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Courage, Enemy)

We were aware of the fact that death walks hand in hand with struggle.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Death, Fact, Struggle)







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