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10 Inspiring Quotes for Black History Month

February 15th, 2017 | Posted by Patrick in Blog

For nearly 40 years the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans are recognized in February with Black History Month.  In celebrations of Black History Month, here are 10 inspiring quotes from black leaders and prominent African-American figures:

  1. “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.” — President Barack Obama
  2. “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
  3. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  4. “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
  5. “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” — George Washington Carver
  6. “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.
  7. “I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.” — Rosa Parks
  8. “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
  9. “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
  10. “Freedom is never given; it is won.” — A. Philip Randolph

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