Black History Month Inspirational Quotes

Black History Month Inspirational Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary McLeod Bethune, Marian Wright Edelman, Harriet Tubman, Paul Robeson, Ralph Ellison and many others.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragical

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.
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
You really can change the world if you care enough.
Marian Wright Edelman
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.
Harriet Tubman
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
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 don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
Morgan Freeman
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
Wilma Rudolph
Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Rosa Parks
Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
Colin Powell
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
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
June Jordan
Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
James A. Baldwin
I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.
Rosa Parks
we are the ones we have been waiting for
Alice Walker
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
Langston Hughes