A revolutionary woman can't have no reactionary man. If he's not about liberation, if he's not about struggle, if he ain't about building a strong Black family, if he ain't about building a strong Black nation, then he ain't about nothing.

— Assata Shakur

The most colossal Assata Shakur quotes that are guaranted to improve your brain

No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them.

Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.


It is our duty to fight for our freedom.

It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.


Hip Hop can be a very powerful weapon to help expand young people's political and social consciousness. But just as with any weapon, if you don't know how to use it, if you don't know where to point it, or what you're using it for, you can end up shooting yourself in the foot or killing your sisters or brothers.


I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heartless, robots who protect them and their property.


Before going back to college, i knew i didn't want to be an intellectual, spending my life in books and libraries without knowing what the hell is going on in the streets. Theory without practice is just as incomplete as practice without theory. The two have to go together.


At this time I'd like to say a few words especially to my sisters: SISTERS.



Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them.


I don't have to live up to that Superwoman myth.

I can cry and be human and lean on people who take care of me. That can be very liberating.


Peace is a rare gift. Peace of mind, peaceful sleeps, and peaceful spirits are all luxuries that few rebels can ever afford.


We usually reach success by putting the simple truths that we know into practice.


I think that, like many sisters, I was raised to be a Superwoman.

I am a serious woman, and I want to be taken seriously.


I advocate revolutionary changes...an end to capitalist exploitation, the abolition of racist policies, the eradication of sexism and the elimination of political repression. If that is a crime, then I am totally guilty


About Assata Shakur

Quotes 139 sayings
Profession Activist
Birthday July 16, 1947

Any community seriously concerned with its own freedom has to be concerned about other people's freedom as well. The victory of oppressed people anywhere in the world is a victory for Black people. Each time one of imperialism's tentacles is cut off we are closer to liberation.


Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars.

But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply. The hacksaw has two blades. The shotgun has two barrels. We are pregnant with freedom. We are a conspiracy.


We're living in a very tricky world, and unless we become analytical and expose the tricknology, people will become sucked into that. It is very easy, it is very, very easy.


Schools in amerika are interested in brainwashing people with amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and training them in skills needed to fill the positions the capitalist system requires. As long as we expect amerika's schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant.


I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative.

In my life, creativity has been something that has sustained me; it awoke my spiritual struggle.


The first part of planning is to believe that you can put that plan into practise.


We had to learn that we're beautiful.

We had to relearn something forcefully taken from us. We had to learn about Black power. People have power if we unite. We learned the importance of coming together and being active


i Believe In The Fire Of Love And The Sweat Of Truth


It is the obligation of every person who claims to oppose oppression to resist the oppressor by every means at his or her disposal. Not to engage in physical resistance, armed resistance to oppression, is to serve the interests of the oppressor; no more, no less. There are no exceptions to the rule, no easy out.


People are tried and convicted in the newspapers and on television before they ever see a courtroom.


The U. S. is becoming more hostile to Black people and other people of color. Racism is running rampant and xenophobia is on the rise


I believe in living, I believe in birth, I believe in the sweat of love and in the fire of truth and I believe that a lost ship, steered by tired, sea sick sailors, can still be guided home to port


There is a down side to everything if you don't understand what the consequences of what you are saying in your music you could possibly end up getting yourself killed or hurting other people because of your carelessness.


And if I know anything at all, it's that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down.


I found that people had all kinds of levels of consciousness, all kinds of levels of education, but that Cubans in general were very educated politically. I could go sit in a bus and get into a conversation with someone and that person had a wealth of knowledge. And energy!


When Black people seriously organize and take up arms to fight for our liberation, there will be a lot of white people who will drop dead from no other reason than their own guilt and fear.


My experience in the United States was living in a society that was very much at war with itself, that was very alienated. People felt not part of a community, but like isolated units that were afraid of interaction, of contact, that were lonely.


I was sentenced to life plus 30 years by an all-White jury.

What I saw in prison was wall-to-wall Black flesh in chains. Women caged in cells. But we're the terrorists. It just doesn't make sense.


If we are not committed to saving this earth we will be buying designer air filters and gas masks with little Nike swishes on them.


I think that one of the problems that exists in the United States and in many places in the world is that people don't believe that they can make a difference. So a lot of times we're defeated before we even start. We've become consumers of a world vision, of Kentucky Fried Chicken, of McDonalds.


I've always been a student of different ways of looking at the world, different religions. That's been part of my survival mechanism, and also part of my curiosity as a person.


There's something nice about being able to go to sleep at night saying "You know, tomorrow I'm gonna get up and I'm gonna do this and I'm gonna do that...." I think that being an activist on this planet is a privilege and a pleasure.


Hip Hop can be a very effective way to reach young people and teach them about current political and social issues.


People are really beginning to see the mechanisms of imperialism.

When colonialism existed people could see colonialism. When racial segregation existed in its apartheid form, people could see the "whites only" signs. But it's much more difficult to see the structures of neo-imperialism, neo-colonialism, neo-slavery.


The government recognized immediately that Rap music has enormous revolutionary potential and politicians immediately came together to end it.


The more you understand what you're dealing with, the stronger you get.

People see fear as a bad thing. Fear is healthy when you're dealing with Amerika. But when fear controls you, when you're afraid to struggle fear is a bad thing. I'm more afraid of what will happen if I don't struggle, than what will happen if I do


Imperialism is the underlying motor of racism.

The underlying reason that racism keeps on being promoted in all of its various forms.


Being in Cuba has allowed me to live in a society that is not at war with itself. There is a sense of community. It's a given in Cuba that, if you fall down, the person next to you is going to help you get up.


Are you ready to sacrifice to end world hunger? To sacrifice to end colonialism? To end neo-colonialism? To end racism? To end sexism?


I stay connected in my head. I'm spiritually and psychologically connected to African-Americans. They are my people, and that will never change.


I've tried as much as possible to avoid the standard nine-to-five thing.

I've tried to organize my life so that I can move around, change the rhythm and the tempo.


I really prefer to be kind of anonymous.

Because when people know your whole history, they have a tendency to relate to you differently and maybe put you up on a pedestal. I want people to just be normal with me. I just want to live my life.


My energy just couldn’t stop dancing.

I was caught up in the music of struggle, and i wanted to dance.


The methods of peaceful protests are not capable of being effective, because in reality most people pay little attention to things that are not abrasive.


As far as I was concerned, the Panthers were 'baaaaaad.

' The Party was more than bad; it was bodacious. The sheer audacity of walking onto the California Senate floor with rifles, demanding that Black people have the right to bear arms and the right to self-defense, made me sit back and take a long look at them.


I trust Cuba as a principled country.

Cuba's strength is that it has been steadfast in its commitment to the principles of liberation, freedom, of resistance to the kind of institutionalized terrorism that the United States government does every day.


I can't do nothin except try to find cloud nine.