Fire really means a certain kind of burning in the soul that one can no longer tolerate when one is pushed against a wall.
I’m an old Coltrane disciple just like I’m a Christian. You can be full of fire, but that fire has to be lit by a deep love of the people.
When you teach black people they are less beautiful, less moral, less intelligent, you defer to the white supremacist status quo.
An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of the first black woman in the United States Congress. It is Shirley Chisholm, not Chisolm. It also included an inaccurate claim by the interviewee, Cornel West, that only he and one other scholar had been given permission by the family of Martin Luther King to collect and publish Reverend King's writings. At least one other scholar, Clayborne Carson of Stanford University has been given such access.