"I think that the drug culture and the drop-out movement are in a transitional stage," said Huey Newton in an interview with John Bancroft and David Fenton of Liberation News Service on Aug. 21 in New Haven, Conn. “I think that the youth will drop out and then they’ll start dropping in again after they see they cant find any peace by separating. They’ll drop back in and when they drop back in they’ll be very political. Because then they will have experienced everything short of violence—running away through drugs, and so forth—but when they come back they’ll come back very serious, and they’ll see that the only solution is to transform what’s here and they can’t go anywhere else.
"I think that the youth movement at this time is another manifestation of the separatist idea that many black nationalists preached just a few years ago. The youth drug culture is another manifestation of this—you know, like ‘we’ll get out of the whole thing.’
"But we’re starting to find out that we can’t separate, because imperialism won’t allow us to separate. Imperialism won’t allow developing countries some 10 or 15,000 miles away to live in peace, and they’re already separated on a geographical level. If imperialism won’t let those countries be free 15,000 miles away, it surely won’t let a group of people right here in North Amerika separate."
January 15, 1929 : Martin Luther King Jr. is Born
On this day in 1929, Martln Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions to civil rights and equality from the PBS Black Culture Connection: http://to.pbs.org/1eH4KCi
Photo: 1964 portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. (Library of Congress)
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