Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor-
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So, boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now-
For I’se still goin’, Read more…
New York Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee, addressing a news conference, Washington, D. C., July 26, 1966. (I’ve added video of Black Power advocate Kwame Ture, then known as Stokely Carmichael. In it, Dr. Powell refers to Charles Sumner Stone, his chief assistant.)
Dr. Powell, pastor of Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist church,Read more…
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