Don't look down on somebody unless you are helping them up.
If my mind can conceive it, My heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it!
Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow - red, yellow, brown, black and white - and we're all precious in God's sight.
You can be out of slavery and have the right to vote, but unless you have access to capital, industry and technology, you can't fulfill your dreams.
Those companies that don't see the black and brown communities are missing, out of their closed eye, talent, which leads to money and growth. When baseball, football and basketball couldn't see the field, they missed talent and growth. The same is true in the tech industry.
Many are observing Ferguson and witnessing the anger, demonstrations, looting and vandalism and calling for quiet. But quiet isn't enough. The absence of noise isn't the presence of justice - and we must demand justice in Ferguson and the other 'Fergusons' around America.
To allow injustice and inequality invites a Ferguson to your community. We must stand together, black, white, brown, red, and yellow and fight for justice and equality for all. It's the only way to avoid more Fergusons.
Any attempt to dilute my support for Sen. Obama will not succeed.
I remember being taught my place.
The coffers are full of money and equipment for the Ferguson Police and the Missouri National Guard to put down a potential uprising, but no money for actually uplifting the people of Ferguson, St. Louis, Missouri and around the nation.
There's a full-court press to put down an uprising around Ferguson, but no preparation for lifting up the people there.
Republicans are the party of 'no,' and Democrats are the party of 'don't know' because it hasn't fought for bold ideas, policies, or plans to turn us in a new direction.
When journalists and politicians speak of a dwindling middle class that's under economic assault and a poor community that's getting bigger, they're talking about Ferguson. Independent of the racial demographics and dynamics of Ferguson, Missouri, there's a 'Ferguson' near you.
His foreparents came to America in immigrant ships. My foreparents came to America in slave ships. But whatever the original ships, we are both in the same boat tonight.
We must face the No. 1 critical issue of our day. It is youth crime in general and black-on-black crime in particular. There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved. After all we have been through, just to think we can't walk down our own streets, how humiliating.
Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude.
You cannot teach what you don't know. You cannot give energy if you're not on fire on the inside.
When I first went to jail in 1960 with seven classmates trying to use their public library against the backdrop of my father being a veteran of World War II, not being able to use - having to sit behind Nazi on American military bases, I lost my fear of jails and death.
If you wear a hoodie but aren't registered to vote, you got the symbolism but missed the substance.
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.
[Donald Trump] says if he wins, he`ll accept the outcome. If he lose, he will not accept the outcome. That is playing by two set of rules that is not very fair.
That's just like America. It's made up of lots of different people. We're all different colors, different ages, we do different jobs - but it takes all of us black people, white people, brown people, men and women, young and old, working in the factories, working in the fields, working in offices, working in stores - it takes a lot of different kinds of people to get the job done for America.
It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other.
We blacks were the first people embracing Obama, long before the people at expensive fundraisers were supporting him. We gave him his first love, 96 percent of blacks voted for him in 2008. Yet today we are the number one in unemployment, with 16 percent of American blacks out of work.
There is fear, police in fear, people if are in fear, children are fear, but fear and hate must not drive our agenda, love and hope and healing must drive the agenda.
At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.
Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
You may not be responsible for being down, but you must be responsible for getting up.
The fact is in a city like Chicago, for example, unemployment in the black community is around 20 percent for adults, 35 percent for youth, they bail out the banks, public schools, there is a deep divide. We need a plan for reconstruction and redevelopment and I hope that - police are the gatekeepers but behind that gate are these problems of disparities and injustice.
It is in struggle and service with our brothers and sisters, individually and collectively, that we find the meaning of life.
The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the Native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay and the disabled make up the American quilt.
Racism as a form of skin worship, and as a sickness and a pathological anxiety for America, is so great, until the poor whites - rather than fighting for jobs or education - fight to remain pink and fight to remain white. And therefore they cannot see an alliance with people that they feel to be inherently inferior.
His [Donald Trump] urban policy is stop and frisk, law and order. And we need investment and development.
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry, human enough to make mistakes, humble enough to admit them, strong enough to absorb the pain, and resilient enough to bounce back and keep on moving.
If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.
America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.
A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.
The only justification for ever looking down on somebody is to pick them up.
You can't plant a seed and pick the fruit the next morning.