sign your own emancipation proclamation

MLK emancipation

I’ve come here tonight and plead with you :

believe in yourself and believe that you’re somebody.

I said to a group last night,

Nobody else can’ do this for us.
No document can do this for us.
No Lincoln-ian proclamation can do this for us;
No Johnson-ian civil rights bill can do this for us.

If the negro is to be free he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign – with a pen-and-ink of self-asserted manhood- his own Emancipation Proclamation.

Don’t let anybody take your manhood.

Be proud of our heritage; as somebody said earlier tonight: we don’t have anything to be ashamed of … somebody told a lie one day.

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2 Responses to sign your own emancipation proclamation

  1. Beautiful. This is so moving — this might have contained the ‘seeds’ of African Americans taking back power over the word “black” – and turning it into the ‘Black is Beautiful” movement. They took ownership, as women ‘took ownership’ and survivors-of-everything are taking ownership. Black-power, woman-power, ‘mad’-power; the process of oppressed groups taking ownership and power over their evolution and transformation is a fabulous one.


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