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35 Inspirational Black History Quotes On Success

Last Updated Nov 2023

35 Inspirational Black History Quotes On Success

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. May these Black History Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “All great achievements require time.” Maya Angelou

2. 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

3. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” Rosa Parks

4. “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” Marcus Garvey

5. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr.

6. “Freedom is never given; it is won.” A. Philip Randolph

7. “The purpose of education is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions.” James Baldwin

8. “We may counter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou

9. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” Madam C. J. Walker

10. “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” Rosa Parks

11. “The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” Frederick Douglass

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

13. “As long as we are not ourselves, we will try to be what other people are.” Malidoma Patrice Somé

14. “One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.” James Earl Jones

15. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Fredrick Douglass

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

17. “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” Dr. Mae Jemison

18. “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” Rosa Parks

19. “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan

20. “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” Angela Davis

21. “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” Jesse Owens

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

23. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr.

24. “Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught.  I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates?  Naps! End of list.” Dennis Leary

25. “If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important – and you do that by being genuine and humble.” Nelson Mandela

26. “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

27. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Frederick Douglass

28. “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” Marian Wright

29. “It’s important for us to also understand that the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ simply refers to the notion that there’s a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. It’s not meant to suggest that other lives don’t matter. It’s to suggest that other folks aren’t experiencing this particular vulnerability.” Barack Obama

30. “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

31. “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

32. “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Malcolm X

33. “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.

34. “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

35. “The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King Jr.

I hope you enjoyed these Black History Quotes On Success. Do let us know which one was your favorite in the comments section below.

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