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36 Lines From "Judas And The Black Messiah" That You Need To Hear Again

"I am a revolutionary."

Words are powerful, and such has been the case for impactful speakers throughout the years.

Judas and the Black Messiah was filled with powerful lines from Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) and several other characters throughout the film.

Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton giving a speech, forming the Rainbow Coalition
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A few lines that stood out to me? I'm glad that you asked:

1. "Revolution is the only solution." —People in the opening scene

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I still have this chant stuck in my head.

2. "Reform is just the masters teaching slaves how to be better slaves." —Fred Hampton

3. "Political power flows from the barrel of a gun." —Fred Hampton

4. "War is politics with bloodshed and politics is war without bloodshed." —Fred Hampton

5. "Information is raw material for new ideas." —Fred Hampton

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He was on to something.

6. "Imagine what we could accomplish together." —Fred Hampton

7. "I'm all for civil rights, but you can't cheat your way to equality." —Roy Mitchell

Roy Mitchell played a key role in Judas and the Black Messiah as a leading FBI agent connected to William O'Neal. In real life, Mitchell retired after 25 years then died at the age of 66 in 2000. https://t.co/HtYIg4Xmhg

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Roy Mitchell was not my fave.

8. "When I look at that, I don't see no flag hanging. I see my uncle hanging from a tree, and a bunch of white devils like y'all smiling around his body." —Jimmy Palmer

9. "Well, guess what, America is on fire right now, and until that fire is extinguished, don't nothin' else mean a goddamn thing." —Fred Hampton

10. "What will you do the day she brings home a Negro male?" —J. Edgar Hoover

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Racism is so ugly.

11. "Anywhere there's people, there's power." —Fred Hampton

12. "I am a revolutionary." —Fred Hampton

13. "I'm high off the people." —Fred Hampton

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His selflessness speaks volumes.

14. "I believe I'm gonna die doin' what I was born for." —Fred Hampton

15. "I live for the people 'cause I love the people." —Fred Hampton

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This film was just too good.

16. "You can murder a revolutionary, but you can't murder a revolution." —Fred Hampton

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Empowering is an understatement.

17. "You can murder a freedom fighter, but you can't murder freedom." —Fred Hampton

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That part.

18. "Are you a bad motherfucker or a bad mother?" —Deborah Johnson's journal

An intimate look at the life of Fred Hampton, and those who loved him. Daniel Kaluuya and Dominique Fishback shine in Judas and the Black Messiah, in theaters now and streaming exclusively on HBO Max.

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Deborah was thinking about how she'd have to bring a child into a war zone.

19. "When I dedicated my life to the people, I dedicated my life." —Fred Hampton

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So many layers to this dedication.

20. "We educate, we nurture, we feed, and we lobby. Perhaps we're here for more than just war with these bodies." —Deborah Johnson

21. "We scream and we shout, and we live by this anthem, but is power to the people really worth that ransom?" —Deborah Johnson

22. "It don't seem fair that that's his legacy." —Mrs. Winters

23. "There's people in the world who want to do that to me?" —Fred Hampton

24. "Words are beautiful, but action is supreme." —Fred Hampton quoting Che Guevara

25. "Y'all spendin' all this time talkin' about me goin' to Algeria bungalows when you need to be talkin' about how we gonna build this motherfuckin' medical clinic." —Fred Hampton

Daniel Kaluuya smiles during a video interview for the Jimmy Fallon Show.
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Always refocusing the important stuff.

26. "Is the party about me or is it about the people?"— Fred Hampton

27. "Name it after Jake, so when people hear the name Jake Winters, they think about healin' and lovin' like he loved us." —Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton is looking defensively with his comrades
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I can't handle this.

28. "I don't know what I'd tell him other than, I was part of the struggle." —The real Bill O'Neal

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Oh, Bill.

29. "I wasn't one of those armchair revolutionaries." —The real Bill O'Neal

Bill O'Neal talks to Roy Mitchell in the movie "Judas and the Black Messiah"
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I need this one explained a bit further.

30. "I think I'll let history speak for me." —The real Bill O'Neal

Fred Hampton is photographed at a rally.
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And, boy, is it talking.

31. "If Fred could be murdered while he slept, remember what can happen to you, while you're on your knees facing that bed." —Speaker in archival footage of Fred's funeral

People view the open casket of Fred Hampton.
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Well, damn.

32. "I am the people." —Fred Hampton

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What a leader.

33. "In order to survive in there, a part of me had to die, man." —Fred Hampton

An archive photo shows Fred Hampton in the middle of saying something with his arms up.
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What a shame.

34. "You couldn't have told me when I got out, that I'd have every reason to live." —Fred Hampton

35. "The party will protect him. You hear me? The people will protect him." —Deborah Johnson

36. "Their guns don't play fair. All we got is a prayer." —H.E.R.

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This song deserves a listen if you haven't already.

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