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Martin Luther King Jr On Materialism And A Revolution In Values #BlackHistoryMonth

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“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

A Quote From Marcus Garvey, Stereotypes, And Environmentalists #BlackHistoryMonth

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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.” -[1]

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

Fred Hampton On The Price Of Peace #BlackHistoryMonth

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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

James Baldwin On The Price Of Poverty #BlackHistoryMonth

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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

VIDEO: Relaxed Vs. Natural Hair- What Does It All Mean?

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Women and girls of African decent are engaged in a discussion over Natural Vs. Relaxed hair. Of course the battle goes deeper than hair, it’s about identity, history and everything that surrounds that. It also includes men and boys, though that’s rarely discussed. It’s far more than just aesthetics and as mentioned in this video it’s also about health. Continue reading

VIDEO: Esperanza Spalding feat. Algebra Blessett- “Black Gold”

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Here’s something nice and uplifting for you this Monday and just in time for Black History Month: the official video for Esperanza Spalding’s single, “Black Gold,” featuring Algebra Blessett. Her upcoming album, which you can pre-order, Radio Music Society hits stores March 20, 2012.


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Author Toni Morrison’s Insights Into Environmentalism

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Guest Post author Anti-Intellect gives us his thoughts on environmentalism in author Toni Morrison’s work today, on her birthday, February 18th.

When most people think of Toni Morrison they don’t usually associate her with the Green Movement, but after reading her novels I have noticed a present and passionate conservationist stance. Morrison is many things to many people: intellectual, writer, thought leader, and all of those labels are fitting, but she is also someone with a great insight into the importance of preserving our planet. Continue reading

Black And Green: Tupac’s “The Rose That Grew From Concrete”

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Marvin Gaye once said, “A lot of the time, they don’t even know it as writers, but they’re just forced to put Mother Nature into the picture, like in ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.’” He’s right. The metaphor of the rose is powerful and vivid for the reader in “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” and it’s further punctuated by the fact Tupac writes it’s “autobiographical”. This is one of the slain rapper’s most famous poems from his book of the same name. Continue reading

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