Power concedes nothing without demand (2020)


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Melanie Cervantes
16" x 20"
5 - Color Handmade Screen Print,140 lb/300gsm Canson cold press watercolor paper, Printed in my kitchen San Leandro, CA 2020
Edition of 70

One of my favorite quotes is from a speech delivered by Frederick Douglass on August 3, 1857 on “West India Emancipation” at Canandaigua, New York.

The full quote that I find so inspirational and which I believe elevates the need for organization among oppressed peoples is:

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

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