10 Quotes To Inspire You During Black History Month

“I AM BLACK; I AM IN TOTAL FUSION WITH THE WORLD, IN SYMPATHETIC AFFINITY WITH THE EARTH, LOSING MY ID IN THE HEART OF THE COSMOS -- AND THE WHITE MAN, HOWEVER INTELLIGENT HE MAY BE, IS INCAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING LOUIS ARMSTRONG OR SONGS FROM THE CONGO. I AM BLACK, NOT BECAUSE OF A CURSE, BUT BECAUSE MY SKIN HAS BEEN ABLE TO CAPTURE ALL THE COSMIC EFFLUVIA. I AM TRULY A DROP OF SUN UNDER THE EARTH.” -FRANTZ FANON

“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 YOU HAVE TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.” - MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

“COURAGE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL THE VIRTUES BECAUSE WITHOUT COURAGE, YOU CAN'T PRACTICE ANY OTHER VIRTUE CONSISTENTLY.”-MAYA ANGELOU

“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

“THE FORCES THAT UNITE US ARE INTRINSIC AND GREATER THAN THE SUPERIMPOSED INFLUENCES THAT KEEP US APART.” -KWAME NKRUMAH

“THE MEDIA'S THE MOST POWERFUL ENTITY ON EARTH. THEY HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THE INNOCENT GUILTY AND TO MAKE THE GUILTY INNOCENT, AND THAT'S POWER. BECAUSE THEY CONTROL THE MINDS OF THE MASSES.”-MALCOM X

“I LEARNED THAT COURAGE WAS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR, BUT THE TRIUMPH OVER IT. THE BRAVE MAN IS NOT HE WHO DOES NOT FEEL AFRAID, BUT HE WHO CONQUERS THAT FEAR.” - NELSON MANDELA

“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

“IF YOU WANT A THING--TRULY WANT IT, WANT IT SO BADLY THAT YOU NEED IT AS YOU NEED AIR TO BREATHE, THEN UNLESS YOU DIE, YOU WILL HAVE IT. WHY NOT? IT HAS YOU. THERE IS NO ESCAPE. WHAT A CRUEL AND TERRIBLE THING ESCAPE WOULD BE IF ESCAPE WERE POSSIBLE” -OCTAVIA BUTLER

“PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY THAT I DIDN'T GIVE UP MY SEAT BECAUSE I WAS TIRED, BUT THAT ISN'T TRUE. I WAS NOT TIRED PHYSICALLY, OR NO MORE TIRED THAN I USUALLY WAS AT THE END OF A WORKING DAY. I WAS NOT OLD, ALTHOUGH SOME PEOPLE HAVE AN IMAGE OF ME AS BEING OLD THEN. I WAS FORTY-TWO. NO, THE ONLY TIRED I WAS, WAS TIRED OF GIVING IN -ROSA PARKS

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