Opinions & Features February 02, 2021 at 11:30 am

15 thought-provoking quotes to commemorate Black History Month

Francis Akhalbey | Content Manager

Francis Akhalbey February 02, 2021 at 11:30 am

February 02, 2021 at 11:30 am | Opinions & Features

To commemorate Black History Month, Face2Face Africa shares with you 15 thought-provoking quotes from some Black trailblazers -- Left Photo Credit: National Archives | Right Photo Credit: NPGallery

Black History Month is once again upon us, but this year’s observance comes in the wake of what has has been a period of racial reckoning in the United States following an unfortunate fatal incident that occurred over the summer and triggered nationwide protests.

To commemorate what is largely going to be a solemn and reflective month, Face2Face Africa shares with you 15 thought-provoking quotes from some Black trailblazers. Read them below:

“Philosophers have long conceded, however, that every man has two educators: ‘that which is given to him, and the other that which he gives himself. Of the two kinds the latter is by far the more desirable. Indeed all that is most worthy in man he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that which constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.”Carter G. Woodson

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”James Baldwin

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”Frederick Douglass

“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

“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

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”Shirley Chisholm

“You have been having our rights so long, that you think, like a slave-holder, that you own us. I know that it is hard for one who has held the reins for so long to give up; it cuts like a knife. It will feel all the better when it closes up again.”Sojourner Truth

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

“If you stick a knife in my back 9 inches and pull it out 6 inches, that’s not progress. If you pull it all the way out, that’s not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. They haven’t pulled the knife out; they won’t even admit that it’s there.”Malcolm X

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”Martin Luther King Jr.

“Every generation leaves behind a legacy. What that legacy will be is determined by the people of that generation. What legacy do you want to leave behind?”John Lewis

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”Maya Angelou

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”Muhammad Ali

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”Barack Obama

“I knew then and I know now that, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, This is not right’.”Claudette Colvin

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