Thoughts on LIBERTY

By Melvia Miller

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Power concedes nothing
without a demand. To educate a man is to make him unfit to be a slave. _
~ Frederick Douglass (publisher & abolitionist)

He who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny
freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. _
- Abraham Lincoln

The basis of a democratic state is liberty. _
~Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Politics

"Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man who won_t die for something (good) is not fit to live. Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere._
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom._
~ Dr. George Washington Carver
(Scientist who created 300 products from peanuts)

"If we cannot resolve our problems, at least we can help make the world
safe for diversity." --
~ U.S. Pres. John F. Kennedy

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace
unless he has his freedom. Education is our passport to the future, for
tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Power in defense of
freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny
and oppression._
~ Minister Malcolm X; Malcolm X Speaks, 1965

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are
determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any
laws in which we have no voice or representation._
~ Abigail Adams;
(11 November 1744 - 28 October 1818)
Second "First Lady" of the U.S.; wife of John Adams,

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper
functioning of the adversary process._
~ Attny. Thurgood Marshall--
(the first black United States Supreme Court Justice)

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must
understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no
matter what their color. ~

Poetess Maya Angelou

Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There
were many others who felt the same way._
~ Rosa Parks (initiator of Montgomery Bus Boycott)

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the
male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. We ask
justice, we ask equality, we ask that all civil and political rights that
belong to the citizens of the United States be guaranteed to us and our
daughters forever._
~ Susan B. Anthony--
(Leader of effort to grant women the right to vote)

It is far better to be free to govern, or mis-govern, yourself than to be
governed by anybody else (foreigners).
~ Dr. Kwame Nkrumah--
-the first prime and later president of Ghana.

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
- Tacitus, Roman historian

The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of
executive power._
~Daniel Webster

"Intellectuals ought to study the past--not for the pleasure they find in
so doing---but to derive lessons from it."
~ Cheikh Anta Diop (historian)

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