Iconic quotes from Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, and extra.
Though some might even see the celebration of Black Historical past Month as one other faculty task that is not is related in immediately’s society, we as a society proceed to see points with race and inequality intermixed in music, politics, and immediately’s media.
Once we consider Black Historical past Month, our first ideas are about abolitionism, however it isn’t about freedom from slavery alone. The celebration of black tradition by way of the month of February continues to be an emblem of hope and looking for justice underneath any discrimination.
Whereas bodily chains are damaged, there’s nonetheless chains of inequality that stay. “ Seventy-nine percent of African Americans expressed no interest or some embarrassment about slavery,” based on a Smithsonian Establishment of 1988. The query shouldn’t be, ‘Why did slavery last so long?’ It must be ‘How will we continue to move forward towards a hopeful future?’
Black Historical past Month isn’t solely an African American success story, however it’s additionally an ongoing triumph in immediately’s society. The beautiful examples of energy from iconic like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and extra remind us of the equality for humanity that all of us deserve.
On the finish of this moth of celebrating Black Historical past Month, let's proceed to acknowledge the nice issues we have completed as a rustic and keep in mind these classes taught by the nice leaders of the previous as we cost ahead into the remainder of the yr. Check out out assortment of the perfect inspirational quotes about Black Historical past Month under — not solely are these quotes meant to recollect the previous however to additionally encourage our future as a rising nation aiming for equality and justice.
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." — Rosa Parks
"For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place." — Dr. Maya Angelou
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
—Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." — Audre Lorde
"I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism." — Oprah Winfrey
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." — Muhammad Ali
"One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves." — Barbara Jordan
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." — Michael Jordan
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." — Langston Hughes
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." — Barack Obama
"When I found I had crossed that line, [on her first escape from slavery, 1845] I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such glory over everything." — Harriet Tubman
“ Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” — Carol Moseley- Braun
“There is no Negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution.” — Fredrick Douglas
“If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything… that smacks of discrimination or slander.” — Mary Bethune
“It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.” — Malcolm X
“We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. Our abundance has brought us neither peace of mind nor serenity of spirit.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or rat in a trap. I had already determined to sell my life as early as possible if attacked. I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit.” — Ida B. Wells
“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” — Michelle Obama
“I knew then and I know now when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it.” — Claudette Colvin
“If the only time you think of me as a scientist is during Black History Month, then I must not be doing my job as a scientist.” — Neil Tyson
“During Black History Month, I’m reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers’ rights.” — Tom Perez
“You can never know where you are going unless you know where you have been.” — Amelia B. Robinson
“Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” — Susan L. Taylor
“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.” — Ola Joseph
“You can only become accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” — Maya Angelou
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” — Booker T. Washington
“There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints.” — Rita Dove
“Go to work! Go to work in the morn of a new creation… until you have… reached the height of self-progress, and from that pinnacle bestow upon the world civilization of your own.” — Marcus Garvey
“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” — Malcolm X
“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” — Madam C.J Walker
“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” — Jesse Owens
“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey
“Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there.” — Diana Ross
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” — Audre Lorde
“You are no better than anyone else, and no one is better than you.” — Katherine Johnson
“I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me” — Viola Davis
“Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible.” — Carol M. Braun
“Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied.” — George Carver
“I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger.” — Serena Williams
“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” — Fredrick Douglas
“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” — Shonda Rhimes
“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” — Shirley Chisholm
“I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it.’” — Katherine Dunham
“Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.” — Nikki Giovanni
“There is never a time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.” — James Baldwin
“What’s the world for if you can’t make it up the way you want it?” — Toni Morrison
“If you can’t fly then run if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” — Alice Walker
“You never know how or when you’ll have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else.” — Denzel Washington
"For I am my mother’s daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart." — Mary McLeod Bethune
"With an open heart, we can abandon the overheated rhetoric and the oversimplification that reduces whole categories of our fellow Americans not just to opponents, but to enemies." — Barack Obama
"When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." — Audre Lorde
"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression." — W.E.B. Du Bois
"Black people have always been America’s wilderness in search of a promised land." — Cornel West
"Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it." — Earl G. Graves, Sr.
"Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise." — Maya Angelou
"If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life." — Marcus Garvey
"In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress." — Booker T. Washington
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." — Frederick Douglass
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." — Harriet Tubman
"I'm here to say we must reject such despair. I'm here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem, and I know that because I know America. I know how far we've come against impossible odds." — Barack Obama
"Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power." — Barbara Jordan
"Go to work! Go to work in the morn of a new creation… until you have… reached the height of self-progress, and from that pinnacle bestow upon the world a civilization of your own." — Marcus Garvey
"If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute." — Thurgood Marshall
"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. Our abundance has brought us neither peace of mind nor serenity of spirit." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
"In the end, it's not about finding policies that work; it’s about forging consensus, and fighting cynicism, and finding the will to make change." — Barack Obama
"I swear to the Lord I still can’t see why democracy means everybody but me." — Langston Hughes
"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated." — Coretta Scott King
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." — Langston Hughes
"We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice." — Carter Woodson
"It’s important for us to also understand that the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' simply refers to the notion that there’s a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. It’s not meant to suggest that other lives don’t matter. It’s to suggest that other folks aren’t experiencing this particular vulnerability." — Barack Obama
"I’m not quite sure what freedom is, but i know damn well what it ain’t. How have we gotten so silly, I wonder." — Assata Shakur
"You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man" — Frederick Douglass
"We are the heirs of a past of rope, fire, and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past. My shame is for those who became so inhuman that they could inflict this torture upon us." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us." — Susan L. Taylor
"Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it." — Malcolm X
"One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings." — Franklin Thomas
"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." — Desmond Tutu
"Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations." — Dr. Mae Jemison
"Have a vision. Be demanding." — Colin Powell
"Can we see in each other a common humanity, a shared dignity, and recognize how our different experiences have shaped us?" — Barack Obama
"Freedom is never given; it is won." — A. Philip Randolph
"There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged into the abyss of exploitation and nagging injustice." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed" — Booker T. Washington
"I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history." — Morgan Freeman
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." — Barack Obama
"We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness." — Yvette Clarke
"Where there is no vision, there is no hope." — George Washington Carver
"Our responsibility as citizens is to address the inequalities and injustices that linger, and we must secure our birthright freedoms for all people. As we mark the 40th year of National African American History Month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of African Americans, and let us resolve to continue our march toward a day when every person knows the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" — Barack Obama
"We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." — Jesse Owens
"Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong." — Ella Fitzgerald
"When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything." — Harriet Tubman
"It’s not about color. It’s about love." — Unknown
"The time is always right to do what is right." — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
”Sure we are able to!” — Barack Obama
"The African race is a rubber ball. The harder you dash it to the ground, the higher it will rise." — African Proverb
"Won’t it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history." — Maya Angelou
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