Quotes on African American Inspirational

If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander. Mary Mcleod Bethune

My father was a slave and my people died to build this country and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you. Paul Robeson

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet Sarah Louise Delany

Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us. Susan L Taylor

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If we do with Latinos what we did with African-Americans, Republicans and conservatives will be doomed. Karl Rove

Cooper was my road roommate, and also happened to be the first African American player drafted by a National Basketball Association team. Bob Cousy

Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it. Rosa Parks

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. Duke Ellington

You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man. Frederick Douglass

Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations. Mae Jemison

I am the dream and the hope of the slave Maya Angelou

Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can. Arthur Ashe

I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. Harriet Tubman

I used to want the words 'She tried' on my tombstone. Now I want 'She did it.' Katherine Dunham

I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. Zora Neale Hurston

I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. Zora Neale Hurston

I have always respected everyone's... Hazel Scott

Our only hope is to control the... Medgar Evers

As Americans, preserving the best... Paul Robeson

I'm an American. I'm not an African-American; I'm an American. Raven-Symone

I have a lot of African-American friends. Larry Pressler

I was very fortunate to be able to represent an icon to many African Americans. Usher

The first thing I did [in Michigan] was join a picket line of a pizzeria in Ann Harbor in 1963 that didn't allow African Americans to eat there. Bill Ayers

Bernie Sanders would say, "You still have millions of African Americans who aren't insured, and if we had a single-payer system, that wouldn't be the case." And that's true. Barack Obama

I'd like to see marriage count again among African-Americans and not just in the society in general. Leah Ward Sears

We talk about freedoms for African-Americans but unless you have more than one option politically, how free are you? Lynn Swann

Most African Americans, if given a chance, would have chosen to be 'just Americans' ever since the first of us was brought here to Jamestown colony in 1619, a year before the Mayflower landed. But that choice has never been left up to us. Clarence Page

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. Booker T Washington

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

Don't let anyone rob you of hope. Pope Francis

Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land. Cornel West

Fans don't boo nobodies. Reggie Jackson

When I discover who I am, I'll be free. Ralph Ellison

The whole world opened to me when I learned to read. Mary Mcleod Bethune

You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day. Marian Wright Edelman

I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the people.' Barbara Jordan

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. Barbara Jordan

The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American. Thomas Jefferson

What we need are critical lovers of America - patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it. Hubert H Humphrey

We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots. Charles Farrar Browne

National honor is national property of the highest value. James Monroe

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. George Washington Carver

You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem. Eldridge Cleaver

Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face. Carol Moseley Braun

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. Black Elk

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life. Oprah Winfrey

Give light and people will find the way. Ella Baker

I am consumed with the fear of... Arsenio Hall

As busy as I am wherever I am, I... Chris Gardner

You can't look forward and backward... Coleman Young

I go out with white women. This... Dennis Rodman

None of us is responsible for the... Marian Anderson

Enthusiasm is everything. It must... Pele

That's how we do it in the black... Snoop Dogg

Being black has a lot to do with my... Willi Smith

The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. Mary Landrieu

I think that America could not become America until it dealt with the disenfranchisement of women and African Americans in the last century. It had to. America could not become America until it dealt with that. And did it deal with it perfectly? No. But it had to confront it. Van Jones

The Irish were treated horribly, even here in Boston. For example, in the late nineteenth century they were treated pretty much like African Americans. You could find signs here in Boston in the restaurants saying "No dogs and Irish." Noam Chomsky

It may be changing, but still it's the one place, that total control of an institution, that African Americans have. So sometimes, you know, you'll hear the statement of African Americans saying, "I have to work with whites. Michael Emerson

A people without the knowledge of... Marcus Garvey

Society wants to categorize everything, but to me it's all African-American music. Johnny Otis

Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations. Black Elk

May the stars carry your sadness away, may the flowers fill your heart with beauty, may hope forever wipe away your tears. Chief Dan George

I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history. Morgan Freeman

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try. Nikki Giovanni

He loves his country best who strives to make it best. Robert Green Ingersoll

The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at. Jesse Owens

Football doesn't build character, it reveals character. Marv Levy

When I die, I desire no better winding sheet than the Stars and Stripes, and no softer pillow than the Constitution of my country. Andrew Johnson

Baseball is what we were, football is what we have become. Mary Mcgrory

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. Lou Holtz

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. Oprah Winfrey

Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming. Alice Walker

You don't become what you want, you become what you believe. Oprah Winfrey

A right delayed is a right denied. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't feel entitled to anything you didn't sweat and struggle for. Marian Wright Edelman

We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. Angela Davis

We had two African American writers [Eric Monte and Michael Evans] on the show ['Good Times'] that knew Cabrini Green inside and out, and that's why we set it there. Norman Lear

I am tired with hyphenated Americans! We are not Indian-Americans, or African-Americans. Bobby Jindal



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