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Reflecting On What It Means To Be Woke?

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“Some folks are confusing being ANGRY with being “woke”. The most woke voices in the room are not always the loudest.”

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1963 – MLK LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL

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On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his historic letter from a jail in Birmingham, AL. He initially wrote the letter in the margins of a newspaper, from his jail cell.  

King was intentionally arrested to help garner support for his work in the city.  The letter was written in response to criticism he received from white clergy in Birmingham who openly challenged his approach to fighting segregation through, protests, boycotts, and non violence.  The clergy criticizing King felt that he should operate within the confines of the law to accomplish his goals.  There were also those both black and white that felt King was stirring up trouble that could hinder progress.  King was also criticized for being an “outsider” who was stirring up trouble in the community.  

King eloquently articulated in the letter “why we can’t wait.” In honor of the historic letter, we are sharing two of our favorite quotes contained in the letter. These quotes still ring true today!!  To read the letter in its entirety click here.




Malcolm X Quote: “That’s Not A Chip On My Shoulder. That’s Your Foot On My Neck”

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A powerful quote from Malcolm X!!

“That’s Not A Chip On My Shoulder.  That’s Your Foot On My Neck” – Malcolm X

Bell Hooks Quote

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“Usually when people talk about the strength of black women…. they ignore the reality that to be strong in the face of oppression is not the same as overcoming oppression, that endurance is not to be confused with transformation.”
-Bell Hooks


Desmond Tutu Quote

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Angela Davis On Identifying & Dismantling the Structures In Which Racism Is Embedded!

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“The challenge of the 21st century is not to demand equal opportunity in the machinery of oppression, but rather to identify and dismantle those structures in which racism continues to be embedded” -Angela Davis

This quote challenges us, “not to demand equal opportunity in the machinery of oppression”.    What a thought provoking statement!    If we “demand” and then receive “equal opportunity in the machinery of oppression” what have we really gained?  Are we “struggling” in the right direction?

What are you thoughts on this quote Black Mail Readers? We’d love to hear your feedback!

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“The Oppressed, Having Internalized The Image Of The Oppressor And Adopted His Guidelines Are Fearful Of Freedom.” -Paulo Freire

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Powerful Image of Oppression

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This image was taken on a plantation. This picture grasps the irony of oppression, even today!  There are times liberation from our oppressors is within our grasp and we choose to stay oppressed! The mental chains can often make physical chains unnecessary!

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“To hold a people in oppression, you have to first convince them that they are supposed to be oppressed. -John Henrik Clarke

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“To hold a people in oppression, you have to first convince them that they are supposed to be oppressed.
-John Henrik Clarke

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