Quotes on Black History Inspirational

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

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

The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down. Thurgood Marshall

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 A. Thomas

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

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

The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves Swami Vivekananda

The thing about black history is that the truth is so much more complex than anything you could make up. Henry Louis Gates

you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. Rosa Parks

Life is a rainbow which also includes black. Yevgeny Yevtushenko

For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart. Mary Mcleod Bethune

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

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

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 Frederick Douglass

I have observed this in my experience of slavery, that whenever my condition was improved, instead of increasing my contentment; it only increased my desire to be free, and set me thinking of plans to gain my freedom. Frederick Douglass

In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate. Toni Morrison

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

I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up. Rosa Parks

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

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. W E B Du Bois

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. Maya Angelou

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. Thurgood Marshall

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

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

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

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

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

Pour faire de l'histoire, il faut savoir compter. Georges Lefebvre

American means white, and Africanist people struggle to make the term applicable to themselves with ethnicity and hyphen after hyphen after hyphen. Toni Morrison

Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion. William Lloyd Garrison

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures 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

Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard. Colin Powell

When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul! Ted Grant

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

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

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

In all things social we can be as seperate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress. Booker T Washington

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. Abraham Joshua Heschel

You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation. Billie Holiday

Your biggest opponent isn't the other guy. It's human nature. Bobby Knight

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 G Woodson

I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. Muhammad Ali

You really can change the world if you care enough. Marian Wright Edelman

Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible. Pearl Bailey

An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose. Langston Hughes

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

I almost never do anything for Black History Month, because I feel it's just another way to separate us. Alice Walker

I do consider myself part of black history. Mary J Blige

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

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

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

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

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

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 dearly 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 ever feels his twoness - an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. W E B Du Bois

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

There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. Michelle Obama

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated. August Sander

Each person must live their life as a model for others. Rosa Parks

To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships. W E B Du Bois

Microsoft is still not a black belt Ken Kutaragi

Puerto Ricans are many colors - we are Spanish, we're French, we're Thai, Indian, we're almost black, some of us. Rita Moreno

There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them work. Charley Lau

What are your choices? Whom are your choices for? Not just for yourself. Chose now whom you will serve, and that choice is going to affect the next generation, and the next generation, and the next. Choice never affects just one person alone. It goes on and on and the effect goes out into geography and history. You are part of history and your choices become part of history. Edith Schaeffer

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

I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Ralph Ellison

The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now. Bill Cosby

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

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

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

There is a history in all men's lives. William Shakespeare

Our best history is still poetry. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A cultivated reader of history is domesticated in all families; he dines with Pericles, and sups with Titian. Robert Aris Willmott

I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Ralph Ellison

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed. Booker T Washington

We are the ones we've been waiting for. June Jordan

we are the ones we have been waiting for Alice Walker



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