Top 20 Black History Month Quotations You Should Know

Top 20 Black History Month Quotations You Should Know

Black History Month celebrates African-American trailblazers, both living and dead, who have fought for social, civil, and economic change and led highly inspiring lives. The work and lives of these leaders are a reflection of their thoughts and words. We have curated the top 20 black history month quotations that you should know. These quotations reflect the history and greatness that the Black History Month stands for.

  1. 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 The Greatest

  2. 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.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

  3. My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”—Desmond Tutu

  4. 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 a glory over everything.” Harriet Tubman

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

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

  7. Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

  8. "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." – Malcolm X

  9. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

  10. The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.” —Maya Angelou

  11. 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

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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson

  16. Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part.” —John Lewis

  17. Character is power.” —Booker T. Washington

  18. 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

  19. I knew then and I know now, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it.” –Claudette Colvin

  20. Yes, we can –Barack Obama

Studying and knowing these inspiring quotes is a great motivation. It also depicts that African American are making impacts in all sectors of the economy.


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