Every February, we take an entire month to honor the vibrant culture and enduring sacrifices of African Americans. And in celebration of black history month We’ve rounded up some of the most inspiring, compelling, and wise words spoken by some of history’s brightest black icons.
Black people have suffered hundreds of tragic years of racism, prejudice and injustice. And he continues to do so to this day. These quotes serve as a window into the deeper hope and faith of what could one day be and what inspires us to face adversity on a day-to-day basis. From Supreme Court justices to astronauts, from a famous tennis star to the President of the United States, this list shows a glimpse of the brand in culture, art, music, sports, science, politics and so many other facets of daily life that the black community has done, enriching lives throughout history and beyond. As we’ve learned in recent years, we can all listen a little more and learn these days, to become better allies with each other, and this list of quotes is just the beginning.
Want some books by some amazing black authors, check out our black history book recommendations. Do you feel like you need to go over the history of a month’s vacation? We only have the article to inform you. about their origins. Can’t get enough and want to hear about some female black icons? Consult our list of 40 Famous Black And African American Women Who Are Making Their Mark In History.
- “As we recognize the humanity of our fellow men, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”—thurgoodmarshall
- “Hate is too great a burden to bear. Hurts the hater more than the hated.”—coretta scott king
- “Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.”—Carol Moseley Braun
- “My humanity is linked to yours, because we can only be human together.”—desmond tutu
- “Hold on to dreams, because if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”—Langston Hughes
- “Success is measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome while trying to succeed.”—Booker T. Washington
- “Never be limited by other people’s limited imagination.”—Dr AS Mae Jemison, first African American female astronaut
- “I’ve learned over the years that when you’re determined, it lessens your fear.” —rose parks
- “Because to be free is not simply to get rid of one’s own chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” —Nelson Mandela
- “The truth is powerful and prevails.” —traveler truth
- “Racism is not born, friends, it is taught. I have a two year old son. Do you know what he hates? Naps! End of list. —dennis leary
- “When we talk about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt, held and valued by all of us.” —Ava Du Vernay
- “I’m lucky that whatever fear I have inside of me, my desire to win is always stronger.” —Serena Williams
- “Character is power.” —Booker T. Washington
- “Almost always, the dedicated creative minority has improved the world.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
- “Change will not come if we wait for someone else or at some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change we seek.” —Barack Obama
- “Have a vision. Be picky.”—colin powell
- “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” —Shirley Chisholm
- “Dreams are beautiful, but they are only dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, beautiful. But dreams don’t come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” —shonda rhymes
- “Peace cannot be separated from freedom because no one can be at peace unless they have their freedom.” – Malcom X
- “Racism is the most serious threat from man to man: the maximum of hatred for the minimum of reason.” —Abraham Joshua Heschel
- “If you know where you’re coming from, there’s really no limit to where you can go.” —james baldwin
- “Life has two rules: number 1, never give up! Number 2, always remember rule number one.” —duke ellington
- “There are still a lot of causes worth sacrificing for, a lot of history yet to be made.” —Michelle Obama
- “Whatever is getting you down, get rid of it. Because you will find it when you are free. . . the real you comes out.” —Tina Turner
- “Black history is not a separate story. This is our whole story, this is American history, and we need to understand that. It has a huge impact on kids and their values and how they view black people.” —Karyn Parsons
- “I need to see my own beauty and keep reminding me that I am enough, that I am effortlessly lovable, that I am beautiful, that the texture of my hair and the shape of my curves, the size of my lips, the color of my My skin and the feelings I have are decent and fine. —Tracee Ellis Ross
- “The way to correct errors is to shine the light of truth on them.” —ida b wells
- “Life is not a spectator sport. If you are going to spend your whole life in the stands watching what happens, in my opinion, you are wasting your life.” —jackie robinson
- “I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things to which he was entitled, liberty or death; if he could not have one, he would have the other; because no one should take me alive; I was to fight for my freedom while my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.” —harriet tubman
- “In all things that are purely social we may be as separate as fingers, but one as hand in all things essential to mutual progress.” —Booker T. Washington
- “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the drive to outdo everyone else at any cost, but the drive to serve others at any cost.” —arthur ashe
- “A man without knowledge of himself and his heritage is like a tree without roots.” —dick gregory
- “As black women, we are always given these seemingly devastating experiences, experiences that could completely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the teacher calls the butterfly. What we do as black women is take the worst situations and build from there.” —Viola Davis
- “The soul that is within me no man can degrade it.” —frederick douglas
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