Friday, February 25, 2011

Black History Month Quotes

For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart.  ~Mary McLeod Bethune

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, "Still I Rise," And Still I Rise

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

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, 1926

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.  ~Lynn Swann

The African-American experience is one of the most important threads in the American tapestry.  ~Bill Frist

I don't want a Black History Month.  Black history is American history.  ~Morgan Freeman

The African race is a rubber ball.  The harder you dash it to the ground, the higher it will rise.  ~African Proverb

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

You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.  ~Frederick Douglass

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.

I swear to the Lord
I still can't see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.
~Langston Hughes

I am not tragically colored.  There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes.... Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less.  No, I do not weep at the world - I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.  ~Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me, 1928

Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.  ~Carol Moseley-Braun

Freedom is never given; it is won.  ~A. Philip Randolph

Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.  ~Cornel West, "Nihilism in America," Race Matters, 1993

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.  ~Frederick Douglass

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

Do not call for black power or green power.  Call for brain power.  ~Barbara Jordan

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