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By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political, in its most profound way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

In America, you can segregate the people, but the problems will travel. From slavery to equal rights, from state suppression of dissent to crime, drugs and unemployment, I can't think of a supposedly Black issue that hasn't wasted the original Black target group and then spread like measles to outlying white experience.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Reproductive choice is not some trendy item to toss or keep around the house. If you cannot get an education or a job, if you cannot choose what will or will not happen with your own body, then what freedom do you have?

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

The music of language became extremely important to me, and obvious to me. By the time I was seven I was writing myself. I was a poet

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

We need everybody and all that we are. We need to know and make known the complete, constantly unfolding, complicated heritage that is our black experience. We should absolutely resist the superstar, one at a time mentality that threatens the varied and resilient, flexible wealth of our Black future.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Lately... Americans have begun to understand that trouble does not start somewhere on the other side of town. It seems to originate inside the absolute middle of the homemade cherry pie. In our history, the state has failed to respond to the weak. You could be white, male, Presbyterian and heterosexual besides, but if you get fired or if you get sick tomorrow, you might as well be Black, for all the state will want to hear from you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

I think I have come to a place where I'm able to feel more comfortable about being honest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

South Africa used to seem so far away. Then it came home to me. It began to signify the meaning of white hatred here. That was what the sheets and the suits and the ties covered up, not very well. That was what the cowardly guys calling me names from their speeding truck wanted to happen to me, to all of me: to my people. That was what would happen to me if I walked around the corner into the wrong neighborhood. That was Birmingham. That was Brooklyn. That was Reagan. That was the end of reason. South Africa was how I came to understand that I am not against war; I am against losing the war.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

We do not deride the fears of prospering white America. A nation of violence and private property has every reason to dread the violated and the deprived.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

If we lived in a democratic state our language would have to hurtle, fly, curse, and sing, in all the common American names, all the undeniable and representative and participating voices of everybody here.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

I believe that love is the single, true prosperity of any moment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Like running trying to live a good life has to hurt a little bit, or we're not running hard enough, not really trying.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

My father was both the person who gave me reason to learn how to fight and the one who taught me the basics of fighting. He would tell me that if it was a big fight, it would probably be uneven, it wouldn't be fair

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

When that devil's bullet lodged itself inside the body of Martin Luther King, he had already begun an astonishing mobilization of poor, Black, white, latino Americans who had nothing to lose. They would challenge our government to eliminate exploitative, merciless, and war-mongering policies, nationwide, or else "tie up the country" through "means of civil disobedience." Dr. King intended to organize those legions into "coercive direct actions" that would make of Babylon a dysfunctional behemoth begging for relief. Is it any wonder he was killed?

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

All of Western tradition, from the late bloom of the British Empire right through the early doom of Vietnam, dictates that you do something spectacular and irreversible whenever you find yourself in or whenever you impose yourself upon a wholly unfamiliar situation belonging to somebody else. Frequently it's your soul or your honor or your manhood, or democracy itself, at stake.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

And I got to thinking about the moral meaning of memory, per se. And what it means to forget, what it means to fail to find and preserve the connection with the dead whose lives you, or I, want or need to honor with our own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

What's important about poetry in the context of leadership is that most of the time, power has to do with dominance. But poetry is never about dominance. Poetry is powerful but it cannot even aspire to dominate anyone. It means making a connection. That's what it means.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

As I think about anyone or anything -- whether history or literature or my father or political organizations or a poem or a film -- as I seek to evaluate the potentiality, the life-supportive commitment and possibilities of anyone or any thing, the decisive question is always where is the love?

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

If any of us hopes to survive, she must meet the extremity of the American female condition with immediate and political response. The thoroughly destructive and indefensible subjugation of the majority of Americans cannot continue except at the peril of the entire body politic.

By Anonym 16 Sep

June Jordan

I try to use words, whether in prose or poetry, that people can understand, that make them feel in an intense way. I'm a writer, that's what I do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Revolution always unfolds inside an atmosphere of rising expectations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

... if your heart and your honest body can be controlled by the state, or controlled by community taboo, are you not then, and in that case, no more than a slave ruled by outside force? What tyranny could exceed a tyranny that dictates to the human heart, and that attempts to dictate the public career of an honest human body?

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Maybe the purpose of being here, wherever we are, is to increase the durability and occasions of love among and between peoples.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Like a lot of Black women, I have always had to invent the power my freedom requires.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

We survive our love because we go on loving.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite evidence and change and requirements and possibilities of language.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

A democratic state is not proven by the welfare of the strong but by the welfare of the weak.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

It means to educate myself incessantly about the world around me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

In America, the traditional routes to black identity have hardly been normal. Suicide (disappearance by imitation, or willed extinction), violence (hysterical religiosity, crime, armed revolt), and exemplary moral courage; none of these is normal.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

My heart is not peripheral to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

Good poetry and successful revolution change our lives. And you cannot compose a good poem or wage a revolution without changing consciousness unless you attack the language that you share with your enemies and invent a language that you share with your allies.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

And who will join this standing up and the ones who stood without sweet company will sing and sing back into the mountains and if necessary even under the sea: we are the ones we have been waiting for.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

I do believe that the analogy for bisexuality is a multicultural, multi-ethnic, multiracial world view. Bisexuality follows from such a perspective and leads to it, as well.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

Behold the heart and mind of Angela Davis: open, relentless, and on time! She is as radiant, she is as true, as that invincible sunrise she means means means to advance With all of the faith and all of the grace of her entirely devoted life.

By Anonym 17 Sep

June Jordan

... momma help me turn the face of history to your face. - Getting Down To Get Over - Dedicated To My Mother

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

One of the reasons I came to Berkeley was because I saw so many students of all different colors speaking so many different languages and ferociously presenting all these different views. I thought, this is the 21st century and I want to be here!

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

To rescue our children we will have to let them save us from the power we embody: we will have to trust the very difference that they forever personify. And we will have to allow them the choice, without fear of death: that they may come and do likewise or that they may come and that we will follow them, that a little child will lead us back to the child we will always be, vulnerable and wanting and hurting for love and for beauty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

I care because I want you to care about me. I care because I have become aware of my absolute dependency upon you, whoever you are, for the outcome of my social, my democratic experience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth - whatever the truth may be - that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

Body and soul, Black America reveals the extreme questions of contemporary life, questions of freedom and identity: How can I be who I am?

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Sometimes we become so sophisticated we have to read the New York Times in order to figure out whether it's a hot or a rainy day.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

I am the history of the rejection of who I am