Best Inspirational Black History Month Quotes, Sayings [2022]

Inspirational Black History Month Quotes, Sayings
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February is Black History Month, to commemorate and celebrate the achievements of people of African origin. Each year there are fresh and updated quotes about this historical figure that you can use for Black History Month. There are Black History Month Quotes about great people, famous leaders and their achievements in politics, music, science and so much more.

Black History Month is traditionally observed annually in February, coinciding with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. It was initially created by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in the 1920s as “Negro History Week”.

In the 1970s, President Gerald Ford extended the event to a whole month. He explained that the United States had to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Black History Month Inspirational Quotes for School and Work

Black History Month Inspirational Quotes for School and Work

“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.” —Ijoema Oluo

“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

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” —Alice Walker

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

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” — Thurgood Marshall, first African American U.S. Supreme Court member

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

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” —Malcolm X. Read more about Best Malcolm X Quotes To Inspire You [2022]

“Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” — Susan L. Taylor, journalist

“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” — Carol Moseley-Braun, politician and lawyer

“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, activist, philanthropist, and former president of the Ford Foundation

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

“The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.” —Eldridge Cleaver

“There is no vaccine for racism.” —Kamala Harris

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan

“Do we care to match the reality of America to its ideals?” —Barack Obama

“We will all, at some point, encounter hurdles to gaining access and entry, moving up and conquering self-doubt; but on the other side is the capacity to own opportunity and tell our own story.” —Stacey Abrams

“Friendly reminder that you don’t have to say the ‘n word’ to be racist. That’s not the sole requirement. Asking people to prove racism is another tool the oppressor uses to marginalize and discredit us.” —Lizzo

”When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything.” – Harriet Tubman, on her first escape from slavery, 1845

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

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

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass

“The time is always right to do what is right.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Have a vision. Be demanding.” — Colin Powell

“Freedom is never given; it is won.” — A. Philip Randolph, civil rights activist

“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

“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, world record-setting Olympic athlete

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

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” —Rosa Parks

“Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” —Ella Fitzgerald

“If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything… that smacks of discrimination or slander.” —Mary McLeod Bethune

“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

“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.

Quotes About Black History Month

Quotes About Black History Month

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. —George Washington Carver

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” —Muhammad Ali

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” —Nelson Mandela

“The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.” —Maya Angelou. Read more about Top 100+ Best Maya Angelou Quotes To Elevate Your Perspective

“Truth is powerful and it prevails.” —Sojourner Truth

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” —Michael Jordan

“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

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

“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

“I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.” —Morgan Freeman

“It’s important for us to also understand that the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ simply refers to the notion that there’s a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. It’s not meant to suggest that other lives don’t matter. It’s to suggest that other folks aren’t experiencing this particular vulnerability.” —Barack Obama

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” — Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

“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.

“One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.” —James Earl Jones

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” —Nelson Mandela

“The very serious function of racism is a distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.” —Toni Morrison

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

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

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

“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 early 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

“I’m not quite sure what freedom is, but I know damn well what it ain’t. How have we gotten so silly, I wonder.” —Assata Shakur

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

“During Black History Month, I’ve reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers’ rights.” —Tom Perez

“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

“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.” —Ola Joseph

“Character is power.” —Booker T. Washington

Famous Quotes For Black History Month

Famous Quotes For Black History Month

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” —Michelle Obama

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” —Mother Teresa. Relate: Inspirational Mother Teresa Quotes To Express Unconditional Love [2022]

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” —Malcolm X

“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” —Frederick Douglass

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

“Have a vision of excellence, a dream of success, and work like hell.” —Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook

“Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. Do you know what he hates? Naps! End of list.” —Dennis Leary

“Today we know with certainty that segregation is dead. The only question remaining is how costly will be the funeral.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“’ We, the people.’ It is a very eloquent beginning. But when that document was completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787 I have not included in that “We, the people.” 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

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

“Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” —Abraham Joshua Heschel

“The majority of the Negroes who took part in the year-long boycott of Montgomery’s buses were poor and untutored, but they understood the essence of the Montgomery movement; one elderly woman summed it up for the rest. When asked after several weeks of walking whether she was tired, she answered: ‘My feet are tired, but my soul is at rest.’” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

“There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged into the abyss of exploitation and nagging injustice.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If the only time you think of me as a scientist is during Black History Month, then I must not be doing my job as a scientist.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

“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

“When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.” —Ava DuVernay

“I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger.” —Serena Williams

“As black women, we’re always given these seemingly devastating experiences — experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as black women is take the worst situations and create from that point.” —Viola Davis

“Dreams are lovely but they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” —Shonda Rhimes

“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion, you’re wasting your life.” —Jackie Robinson

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” —Shirley Chisholm

Black History Month Quotes For Students

Black History Month Quotes


“I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows. I think that’s from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter.” —Jay-Z

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” —Muhammad Ali

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” —Maya Angelou

“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.” —Aretha Franklin

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

“Black History Month must be more than just a month of remembrance; it should be a tribute to our history and reminder of the work that lies in the months and years ahead.” —Marty Meehan

Black history isn’t a separate history. This is all of our histories, 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

“Don’t agonize, organize.” —Florynce Kennedy

“Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free . . . your true self comes out.” —Tina Turner

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” —Toni Morrison

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

“The impatient idealist says: ‘Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth.’ But such a place does not exist. We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace.” —Chinua Achebe

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” —Carl Lewis

“Stretch your mind and fly.” —Whitney M. Young Jr

“Don’t let anything stop you. There will be times when you’ll be disappointed, but you can’t stop.” —Sadie T. M. Alexander

“Life has two rules: Number 1, never quit! Number 2, always remember rule number one.” —Duke Ellington

“Be as you are and hope that it’s right.” —Dizzy Gillespie

“A man without knowledge of himself and his heritage is like a tree without roots.” —Dick Gregory

“You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.” —Nina Simone

“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.” —Janelle Monáe

“You are where you are today because you stand on somebody’s shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders. It’s the quid pro quo of life. We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.” —Vernon Jordan

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“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

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve a lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples to build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” —Robert F. Kennedy

“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

“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

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

“We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. 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

Why do we celebrate Black History Month?

Why do we celebrate Black History Month


All Americans need to recognize the black community’s achievements, pains, and progress to understand our shared history better. These Black History Month quotes will help you identify the contributions of black men and women.

Black History Month is dedicated to honoring the achievements of black leaders and the suffering they went through to preserve the freedoms and rights we enjoy today. It helps us to be aware of our past and appreciate the privileges that we have.

Celebrating black history reminds us of our history and celebrates the best of black culture and history.

Below is a collection of inspiring, wise, and powerful Black History Month quotes that we have gathered from many sources over the years to help you recognize the achievements of black Americans.

In honor of Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman who flew across the skies, we also have a collection of Bessie Coleman quotes.

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