nnq : day one

by C5Damani (old head of the movement)

This is the beginning of a 30-day series highlighting the genius of the forthcoming quote book, “nigga notes & quotes”. This brilliant collection of quotes curated and compiled for over 40 years* reveal the depth, breadth, and width of black restoration, resistance and resilience while also included other motivational sources.

For the next thirty days, I will post a quote or two meant to inspire and motivate the black masses and freedom fighters. As the late great Black Poet Activist (Rest in Power), Tanomar Akili Muumba states in the Foreward of “nigga notes & quotes”,

“How refreshing to consume words that have meaning and depth. In the great and honored tradition of wisdom literature and if there is anything that could be called instant wisdom, ‘nigga notes & quotes’ fills that void. This book may be the finest book of quotes, anecdotes, sayings and sage bromides any people struggling for human dignity and liberation will ever read.”

While I understand that the Universal Black Family has not reached a consensus on the use of the word “nigga”, I believe “nigga” is and remains a powerful testament to resiliency of a people who conquered the guilt and shame of a pejorative word.

So without further ado, read, contemplate, reflect and enjoy!

day one :

…there is a time in every man’s life when he must stiffen his shoulders and move forward to do what is necessary to be done. Where there is a will, they say, there is a way; where there is not a way, we most assuredly must and will make one. We do not know what we can do if hardly anything has been tried by us. We must grapple with our enemy. We must come to grips with our oppression before we can really understand it, and we’ll see how far we can go.”

author unknown or forgotten

“…for the black world, history’s watchman could see no sign of promise, no sign of hope outside of a position of strength which unity alone can provide. But there will never be real unity without a plan and a program to sustain it. Petty power struggles, bickering, and attacking each other are all signs of a death wish as a race. Which way then, you still enshackled blacks? Six thousand years of history have answered: unite or perish.”

~ Chancellor Williams ~

*Since most of these quotes were collected prior to 1985 it means some of the authors of these quotes, I have simply forgotten… blame old age! (Ha) When the author is known, I will indicate it. When an author is not indicated, please forgive me and understand. Furthermore, this collection of quotes was first started as a personal endeavor never meant to be shared publicly thus the reason why some authors may not be indicated.

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