Black History Month may be nearing an end, but our efforts toward a more accepting, positive world must continue on. Below are a few of our favorite quotes from inspiring Black individuals throughout history. Our hope is to remind you of the strength, the light, and the power that lies within, while inspiring you to continue leading with love and compassion in the year ahead.
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” – Rosa Parks
“History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” Dr. Mae Jemison
“The greatness of a man is not how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – President Barack Obama
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde
“I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom… I want to be remembered as the one who tried.” – Dorothy Height
“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
“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” – Angela Davis
“The happiest people are the ones who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes
“It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you – or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.” – Kobe Bryant
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it. Showcase it and you will start believing in it.” – Jesse Owens
“One of the lessons 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
“For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.”
– Amanda Gorman