"I believe that one of the most sound ideas in dramatic writing is that in order to create something universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific."
"I wanted to be able to come here and speak with you on this occasion because you are young, gifted, and black…"
"Never, never again must the Negro people pay the price that they have paid for allowing their oppressor to say who is or is not a fit leader of our cause."
"Quite simply and quietly as I know how to say it: I am sick of poverty, lynching, stupid wars and the universal mal-treatment of my people..."
“The ‘why’ of why we are here is an intrigue for adolescents. The ‘how’ is what command the living which is why—I have lately become an insurgent again!”
"Obviously, the most oppressed group of any oppressed group will be its women, who are twice oppressed. So I imagine that they react accordingly: as oppression makes people more militant, women become twice militant, because they are twice oppressed.”