It's in Your Hands


"We're going to trick this guy today. We're going to catch a bird, and we're going to carry it to this old man. And we're going to ask him, 'This that we hold in our hands today, is it alive or is it dead?' If he says 'Dead', we're going to turn it loose and let it fly. But if he says, 'Alive', we're going to crush it."  So they walked up to this old man, and they said, "This that we hold in our hands today, it is alive or is it dead?" He looked at the young people and he smiled. And he said, "It's in your hands."

-Fannie Lou Hamer 
The Special Plight and the Role of Black Women
NY, NY 1971


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