“We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
This Martin Luther King, Jr quote has been a popular one for this site. It’s been an extraordinary gem hidden in one of King’s more famous speeches that isn’t his super famous speech although it still contains a dream. As I explained in QUOTE: Martin Luther King Jr On Environmentalism it’s been difficult to find a quote about the environment from the canon of Civil Rights Movement era heroes and sheroes. You can read about some possible reasons why there. I thought this quote was worth bringing back again on this blog though and here’s why. Continue reading
This quote comes to us from Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., founder of the “Back to Africa” movement, Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and the African Communities League (ACL), “two organizations that promoted educational and industrial opportunities for black people.” -
As an orator with many great ideas you can imagine Garvey had so many great quotes to choose from. I liked this quote because it made me think of the environmentalist movement and my own experience as a black person engaged in environmentalism. Continue reading
I previously quoted author/activist James Baldwin on “The Price Of Poverty“. Now we have a quote from Fred Hampton on the price of peace.
Fred Hampton was the leader of the Chicago Chapter of The Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1969. This quote is lifted from a speech called “Why Don’t You Die For The People?”, which you can hear and read in full below.
To some it may sound oxymoronic but if you truly love anything you should be willing to fight for it. Why wouldn’t you have to fight for peace? I’m reminded of a quote from Nobel Prize winner and environmentalist Wagari Maathai, “Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree. But make sure it survives. You have to nurture it, you have to water it, you have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care or itself. There are so many enemies of trees.” Wouldn’t you say there are more enemies of peace?
Hampton knew the price of peace, justice, and struggle. He paid with his life. Continue reading
This is one of the more famous quotes from the insightful author. This quote is lifted from his essay ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a Letter from Harlem’ which was published in the July 1960 issue of Esquire, among other places. As a quote Baldwin is addressing a class issue, but as with probably all class issues it is inextricably linked to race. In context with the rest of his essay it’s more clear the author is referring to something more specific to black people, The Black Tax. Continue reading
Actor, activist Danny Glover has been outspoken on issues before but this quote addresses and area of environmentalism and racism that many don’t know even exists. When you think about it, why wouldn’t it? It’s easy for black people to think we have no stake in environmentalism but the issues of polluted air and high asthma rates in black neighborhoods are something those people have no real response to. It’s clear, black people have a stake in environmentalism and environmental justice. That should never be dismissed because we think it’s something we “just don’t do”!
THis is your Black History Month Quote for today. Check out the archives of BHM Quotes for more!
Words of wisdom from the late Nobel Peace Prize winning Professor Wangari Maathai.
“I kept stumbling and falling and stumbling and falling as I searched for the good. ‘Why?’ I asked myself. Now I believe that I was on the right path all along, particularly with the Green Belt Movement, but then others told me that I shouldn’t have a career, that I shouldn’t raise my voice, that women are supposed to have a master. That I needed to be someone else.
Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.” ––Wangari Maathai
This quote spoke to me. Does it speak to you? Do you face opposition when you want to make positive changes?
Watch the inspiring “I Will Be A Hummingbird” As Told By Wangari Maathai
Apple has been in the news as of late due to controversy surrounding how their workers are treated at factories like Foxconn. Even Nike was in the news recently since one of their Indonesian factories had to pay their workers $1 million in overdue overtime pay. This is all very common though. Story of Stuff takes you through where your stuff comes from and where it goes when you’re done with it. We mainly just consider the time that we have the stuff we want not what happened before or after it was in our hands.
What’s outlined in this quote from the book Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet by Lierre Keith above is most likely far more common than we know. And it’s not just about Walmart. As consumers we have the power to withhold our money from companies that do this to their workers. As citizens we have the power to fight for an end to this kind of abuse on local, national and international levels.
You also have the option of going with organic cotton for your t-shirts from reputable companies which can reduce a number of these ills though not all of course.
To this day I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.” – Rosa Parks
Today, February 4th, is “Mother Of The Civil Rights Movement”, Rosa Parks’ birthday. Her act of civil disobedience broke the Jim Crow laws of the time and launched Parks into the spotlight as a symbol of Black people’s frustrations overnight. As with most people launched into the spotlight overnight, it took more than one night for Parks to get there. Continue reading