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The Ballot or the Bullet

Malcolm X gave his The Ballot or the Bullet speech on April 3, 1964 at a meeting sponsored by the Cleveland, Ohio, chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality.  One of the most influencial thought of his speech was: "I believe in action on all fronts by whatever means necessary... I say again, I'm not anti-Democrat, I'm not anti-Republican, I'm not anti-anything. I'm just questioning their sincerity, and some of the strategy that they've been using on our people by promising them promises that they don't intend to keep.

| Influence | Malcolm X

Letter from Birmingham Jail

King is a profound example of living a lifestyle of faith. Just to quote one of my favourites of King's Philosophy: "In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: 1) collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive; 2) negotiation; 3) self-purification; and 4) direct action. ... In the midst of blatant injustices inflicted upon the Negro, I have watched white churches stand on the sideline and merely mouth pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities.

| Influence | Martin Luther King, Jr

In defense of Prejudice

In this incisive article, Rauch argues that policies surrounding hate-speech are actually oppressing free speech. Rauch, who is jewish and gay, is a credible proponent of this view. His ideology, if i may, can be summed up as one which supports the right of everyperson to speak freely. To find the melting point of both sides of the divide on any issue, we must cultivate an environment where everyone can be honest about the way they feel regarding the issues that divide us.

| Influence | Jonathan Rauch

Transforming silence into language and action

In this short essay, Audre Lorde talks about what silence means for her, and about what it means to transform that silence into language and action. Reading it has caused me to be more proactive in fighting injustice. I am more confident about confronting the things that i feel you must confronted either with my words or through a progressive act of kindness, compassion and godliness.

| Influence | Audrey Lorde