Black History Month Quotes

We all know that we celebrate Black History Month in February. We have collected the most inspiring Black History Month quotes from famous civil rights icons including Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass.

To celebrate Black History Month, here we have shared 91 Black History Month quotes on different topics, which are mentioned below.

Black History is American History Quotes

Black history is American history. – Morgan Freeman

Black history is American history. You cannot tell one story without telling the other. – William Barr

I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history. – Morgan Freeman

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We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness. – Yvette Clarke

Black History Month Inspirational Quotes from African American

Don’t let your dreams be dreams. – Jack Johnson

I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go. – Langston Hughes

Sometimes it takes years for a person to become an overnight success. – Prince, American singer-songwriter

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. – Booker T. Washington

The first step is clearly defining what it is you’re after, because without knowing that, you’ll never get it. – Halle Berry

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To succeed, one must be creative and persistent. – John H. Johnson

We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges. – Barack Obama

Black History Month Quotes for Kids

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces I would still plant my apple tree. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Free at last, Free at last, thank god almighty we are free at last. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Have a vision. Be demanding. – Colin Powell

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying. – Michael Jordan

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I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to over come failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it. – Reggie Jackson

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do keep moving forward. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color. – Unknown

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. – Dr. Mae Jemison

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion; The potential for greatness lives within each of us. – Wilma Rudolph

No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. – Booker T. Washington

Nothing will work unless you do. – Maya Angelou

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. – Michael Jordan

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Racism is a man’s gravest threat to man- the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. – Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can. – Arthur Ashe

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

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

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself -The invisible, inevitable, battles inside all of us-that’s where it’s at. – Jesse Owens Athlete

You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man. – Frederick Douglas

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it’s right. – Rosa Parks

You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem. – (Leroy) Eldridge Cleaver

Black History Month Quotes for Students

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

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. – George Washington Carver

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela

Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life. – W. E. B. Du Bois

In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been. – Ella Baker

Muffle your rage. Get smart instead of muscular. – Roy Wilkins

There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were. – Nina Simone

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Without education, there is no hope for our people and without hope, our future is lost. – Charles Hamilton Houston

You can’t educate a child who isn’t healthy, and you can’t keep a child healthy who isn’t educated. – Joycelyn Elders

Black History Quotes About Love

I am grateful to have been loved, and to be loved now and to be able to love. Because love liberates. – Maya Angelou

i found god in myself / and i loved her / i loved her fiercely – Ntozake Shange

I love myself. – Kendrick Lamar

Love is an endless act of forgiveness. Forgiveness is me giving up the right to hurt you for hurting me. – Beyoncé

Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. – James Baldwin

Out of love, / No regrets— / Though the goodness / Be wasted forever. / Out of love, / No regrets— / Though the return / Be never. – Langston Hughes

Paradise is one’s own place, One’s own people, One’s own world, Knowing and known, Perhaps even loving and loved. – Octavia E. Butler

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The leaves believe such letting go is love, such love is faith, such faith is grace, such grace is God. I agree with the leaves. – Lucille Clifton

To truly love we must learn to mix various ingredients – care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication. – bell hooks

We choose love. Our love for our children. Our commitment to leaving them a better world. Our love for our country … our love for our fellow citizens … that’s what we choose. – Michelle Obama

Black History Quotes on Education

Don’t just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything! – George Carlin

Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible. – Robert M. Hutchins

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcolm Forbes

black history quotes on education

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way. – George Evans

If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around. – Jim Rohn

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. – John Dewey

It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. – Maya Angelou

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William A. Ward

Famous Black History Quotes

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. – Jackie Robinson

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. – Barack Obama

Character is power. – Booker T. Washington

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

Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself. – Oprah Winfrey

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

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. – Coretta Scott King

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History has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own. – Michelle Obama

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes

Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it. – Earl G. Graves, Sr.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. – Frederick Douglass

If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you’re going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money. – Russell Simmons

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. – Thurgood Marshall

It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you’re going that counts. – Ella Fitzgerald

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. – Desmond Tutu

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. – W.E.B. Du Bois

The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints. – Rita Dove

What’s the world for if you can’t make it up the way you want it? – Toni Morrison

Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us. – Susan L. Taylor

You can only become accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. – Maya Angelou

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. – Malcom X

Funny Black History Quotes

Smart Funny and Black’ is basically a live black pop culture game show that I created. We have a live band. We have two contestants that we call ‘blacksperts.’ They come on stage and compete in games that I’ve created that test their knowledge of black culture, black history, and the black experience. – Amanda Seales

Smart, Funny and Black’ is about celebrating, critiquing and learning about black culture, black history, and the black experience. – Amanda Seales

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