you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.— Rosa Parks
Staggering Black History Month quotations
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
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.
Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionarys life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime.
The United States has been called the melting pot of the world.
But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
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
How are we going to get rid of racism? Stop talking about it!
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.
Unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
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.
we are the ones we have been waiting for
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
I am the dream and the hope of the slave
I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.
Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.
This being Black History Month, I would like to ask people to celebrate the similarities and not focus on the differences between people of color and not of color.
For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart.
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.
I pay homage and respect to Bobby Womack [for Black History Month] knowing that he passed last year... Him being one of those artists that I have really sampled so much and just been so inspired by... You know, he is the original ‘soul man.’
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
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.
Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
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.
American means white, and Africanist people struggle to make the term applicable to themselves with ethnicity and hyphen after hyphen after hyphen.
I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all.
I refuse to accept the view . . . that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
It is my hope that as we commemorate Black History Month in the future, we will continue to celebrate the many achievements and rich culture of African-Americans.
Latinos outnumber Black people now. I'm not too happy about it. Because it's only a matter of time before we lose our month. Soon as they figure it out, they're going to have Latino History Month. All we're going to have is Cinco de Negro.