Black Revolutionaries speak!!!!

Posted: February 11, 2012 in anti-war, History, philosophy
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With February being black history month, I thought it fitting to include in my post some of the African-Americans that influenced me. While I am white, I do believe that their voices and ideas can transcend color and have a positive influence on us all.

 

Malcolm X– Born May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, this fiery black nationalist leader was a charismatic spokesman for the Nation of Islam until breaking with the group shortly before his 1965 assassination.

Here is his famous speech, By any means necessary

 

Born in 1942, Huey P. Newton helped establish the Black Panther Party, becoming a leading figure in the black power movement of the 1960s. Along with friend Bobby Seale, the two formed the political organization, striving to create social programs for blacks in need. During the Party’s existence, members clashed with the police several times. Newton died after being shot on the street in 1989.
 
From the album Huey P Newton speaks.
 
 
Fred Hampton– August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969
 
Radical Left African American activist and deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP). He was killed in his apartment by tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO), in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Many activists consider his killing to have been extrajudicial punishment.
 
Final scene from: “The Murder of Fred Hampton” (1971)
 
 
Martin Luther King
 
Born Jan. 15, 1929, Atlanta, Ga., U.S.—died April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tenn.) Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His leadership was fundamental to that movement’s success in ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the United States. King rose to national prominence as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
 
Since we’ve all heard the “I have a Dream” speech, and this post is about revolutionay thoughts and ideals, I think it would be more appropriate to post his “Why I am opposed to the war in Vietnam” speech. I feel it hits home today just as much as it did back then
 
 

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