Quotes by June Jordan
- But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966.
- I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.
- I wrote those poems for myself, as a way of being a soldier here in this country. I didn't know the poems would travel. I didn't go to Lebanon until two years ago, but people told me that many Arabs had memorized these poems and translated them into Arabic.
- In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way.
- Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.
- So, poetry becomes a means for useful dialogue between people who are not only unknown, but mute to each other. It produces a dialogue among people that guards all of us against manipulation by our so-called leaders.
- That attitude that fighting is probably not fair, but you have to defend yourself anyway and damage the enemy, has been profoundly consequential as far as my political activism goes.
- The courts cannot garnish a father's salary, nor freeze his account, nor seize his property on behalf of his children, in our society. Apparently this is because a kid is not a car or a couch or a boat.
- The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think.
- There are two ways to worry words. One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created. The other is to tell the truth.
- To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political, in its most profound way.