75+ Best Black History Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Black History Quotes

Diversity is not about embracing one’s another uniqueness. – Ola Joseph

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – Martin Luther King

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.- Maya Angelou

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

Yes we can! – Barack Obama

There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints. – Rita Dove

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broekn men. – Frederick Douglass

We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness. – Yvette Clarke

You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.- Michelle Obama

o 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

Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong. – Muhammad Ali

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

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. – Frederick Douglass

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

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

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

What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.- Muhammad Ali

If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you’re going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money. – Russell Simmons

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King

The time is always right to do what is right. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. – Frederick Douglass

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 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

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

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes

Black history is part of American history, and it should be treated as such. – Janelle Monae

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

Freedom is never given; it is won. – A. Philip Randolph

Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it. – Earl G. Graves, Sr.

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. – Malcolm XÂ

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. – Dr. Mae Jemison

The secret of life is to have no fear; it’s the only way to function.- Stokely Carmichael

If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow. – Beyonce Knowles

Black history isn’t a separate history. This is all of our history, this is American history, and we need to understand that. It has such an impact on kids and their values and how they view black people. – Karyn Parsons

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

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

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 then.- Diana Ross

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

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. – Marcus Garvey

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

I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.- Langston Hughes

If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.- Audre Lorde

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better thn you find it. – Marian Wright Edelman

You can never know where you are going unless you know where you have been. – Amelia Boynton Robinson

As long as we are not ourselves, we will try to be what other people are. – Malidoma Patrice Somé

We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness. – Yvette Clarke

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

The African-American experience is one of the most important threads in the American tapestry. – Bill Frist

Freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. Thy claim it as their own and none can keep it from them. – Kwame Nkrumah

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

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

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

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

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.

As we celebrate Black History Month we should be grateful for the achievements they made and inspired by their legacies to continue their work. – marty_meehan

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

For children, diversity needs to be real and not merely relegated to learning the names of the usual suspects during Black History Month or enjoying south-of-the-border cuisine on Cinco de Mayo. It means talking to and spending time with kids not like them so that they may discover those kids are in fact just like them. – John Ridley

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

Black history is American history. – Morgan Freeman

The African race is a rubber ball. The harder you dash it to the ground, the higher it will rise. – African Proverb

Have a vision. Be demanding. – Colin Powell

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

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

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 swear to the Lord I still can’t see why democracy means everybody but me. – Langston Hughes

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela

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

You must never be fearful about what you are doing what is right. – Rosa Parks

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

History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. – Michelle Obama

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

There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and thorough preparation cannot cure. Do not call for Black power or green power, call for brain power. – Barbara Jordan

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

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