Below is a list of inspirational videos and pictures to help motivate current activists. If you know of more videos and pictures that should be on this list please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspiration to Keep on Fighting
Rhiannon Giddens Singing at the NYC Occupy Wall St Movement Camp
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around (Famous Civil Rights Song ) – Aria Saudade
MLK Jr. Last Speech Before his Death
James Baldwin‘s eloquent response on the Dick Cavett Show to a Yale philosophy professor complaining James focuses too much on race
James Baldwin debates the ‘American dream’ (Source The Guardian)
MLK Jr’s Speech before the Poor Man’s Campaign on the Government Supported Inequalities in the US
Collection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Speeches on Income Inequality and Redistribution of Wealth + James Baldwin Commentary
Malcolm X “By Any Means Necessary” Speech
Malcolm X Speech: Self Hate-Like The Roots Of A Tree
Fred Hampton Revolutionary Speech
1967 NBC News Interview with Martin Luther King Jr.: “My dream has turned into a nightmare”
Montage of Bernie Sanders 2016 Speeches
Harvey Milk Hope Speech
Wangari Maathai Humming Bird Speech
(Watch her full documentary, “Taking Root” here)
Food + Justice = Democracy: LaDonna Redmond at TEDxManhattan 2013
Howard Zinn’s Speech on Writing “The People’s History of the United States“
Voices of a People’s History: Jesse Williams reads Howard Zinn “The Problem Is Civil Obedience”
Voices of a People’s History: John Legend Reads Muhammad Ali
Voices of a People’s History: Danny Glover reads Frederick Douglass, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”
Voices of a People’s History: Speech on Patriotism by Emma Goldman read by Sandra Oh
Sojourner Truth‘s “Ain’t I a Woman” bNkechi at TEDxFiDiWomen
Trailer for 2014 Ukrainian Revolution Documentary, “Winter on Fire“
During Ukraine’s Revolution, a piano was set up near a line of special police, while protesters, including the Piano Extremist, played the piano, police blasted back their own recorded music.
Mario Savio, Member of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Speech on the “Operation of the Machine”
Charlie Chaplin Speech in the movie, “The Great Dictator”
(Chaplin plays a Jewish barber that just escaped from a concentration camp by being mistaken for the “Nazi-like” dictator, who he looks just like, and is forced to give a speech on the front lines)
This is How To Handle Tear Gas
Protestor in a Dress at a Black Lives Matter rally protesting against the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling
Picture of Ferguson protestor Edward Crawford throwing tear gas back at a militarized police
NYC Anti-Trump women protest sign. Click here for more amazing protest signs
The “Kindness is Everything” sign, which donates all sale profits to the ACLU, captures the enormity of current progressive fights
Protestor Saffiyah Khan smiled in defiance, at a far right Islamophobic English Defence League protester, becoming a symbol of standing up against the English Fascism after Brexit.
Standing Rock Water Protector Facing Off Against Militarized Police
Two photographers, Rich Allela and Kureng Dapel, recreated portraits of Mekatilili wa Menza, a celebrated Kenya leader who fought against British oppressive colonial policies in the early 1900s.
Young protestor facing off at a riot policeman during a protest that mark the 43rd anniversary of Chile’s 1973 military coup that led to the brutal dictatorship Augusto Pinochet.
Greenpeace activists hang giant ‘Resist’ banner near White House To Protest Trumps running list of anti environment policies
The “Fearless Girl” statue, installed on the 2017 International Women’s Day, to defiantly face the Wall St Charging Bull, to symbolize the resiliency of women in the face of gender inequality.
Protest Art Celebrating the National Park Service resistance against President Trump’s Climate Change Censorship
Tess Asplund defies 300 neo-Nazis at Swedish rally
Tommie Smith and John Carlos 1968 Olympics Black Power salute during the Star Spangle Banner to bring international attention to the US Civil Rights Movement
2014 Ukrainian EuroMaiden Revolution Protestor/Revolutionary
Tahir Square Protest Movement Against Mubarak: This is what a protest movement that removes dictators looks like. Check out Netflix’s Documentary “The Square”
1989 Tiananmen Square photo of Tank Man standing ground against tanks that attacked protestors
When the 16 year old Palestinian activist, Ahed Tamini, played her documentary about living under the brutal oppression of Israel’s occupation at an Apartheid conference in South Africa, many people in the audience were moved tears. She responded with this,
“We may be victims of the Israeli regime, but we are just as proud of our choice to fight for our cause, despite the known cost. We knew where this path would lead us, but our identity, as a people and as individuals, is planted in the struggle, and draws its inspiration from there. Beyond the suffering and daily oppression of the prisoners, the wounded and the killed, we also know the tremendous power that comes from belonging to a resistance movement; the dedication, the love, the small sublime moments that come from the choice to shatter the invisible walls of passivity.
“I don’t want to be perceived as a victim, and I won’t give their actions the power to define who I am and what I’ll be. I choose to decide for myself how you will see me. We don’t want you to support us because of some photogenic tears, but because we chose the struggle and our struggle is just. This is the only way that we’ll be able to stop crying one day.”
Ahed Tamini is currently one of the hundreds of Palestinian children in Israel jails, many of them experiencing legalized torture and force confessions. She’s in jail because she slapped an Israel solider on camera who came to raid her house the day after they shot her 14 year old cousin in the head severely wounding him. When an Israel judge asked her how she slapped a soldier she said, “Take off my cuffs and I’ll show you how.”
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