"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."June Jordan on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."June Jordan on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."June Jordan on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."June Jordan on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."June Jordan on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"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."
"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."
"But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966."
"Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth."