Black History Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old black history quotes, black history sayings, and black history proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Diversity is not about embracing one's another uniqueness.     

Ola Joseph

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broekn men.     

Frederick Douglass

Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.     

Muhammad Ali

One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.     

Franklin Thomas

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.     

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

Black history is part of American history, and it should be treated as such.     

Janelle Monae

Freedom is never given; it is won.     

A. Philip Randolph

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.     

Malcolm X

Black history isn't a separate history. This is all of our history, this is American history, and we need to understand that. It has such an impact on kids and their values and how they view black people.     

Karyn Parsons

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

Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.     

Susan L. Taylor

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better thn you find it.     

Marian Wright Edelman

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

Yvette Clarke

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

Bill Frist

The thing about black history is that the truth is so much more complex than anything you could make up.     

Henry Louis Gates

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

Coretta Scott King

The time is always right to do what is right.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we celebrate Black History Month we should be grateful for the achievements they made and inspired by their legacies to continue their work.      

Marty Meehan

For children, diversity needs to be real and not merely relegated to learning the names of the usual suspects during Black History Month or enjoying south-of-the-border cuisine on Cinco de Mayo. It means talking to and spending time with kids not like them so that they may discover those kids are in fact just like them.     

John Ridley

Black history is American history.     

Morgan Freeman

Have a vision. Be demanding.     

Colin Powell

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.     

W.E.B. Du Bois

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

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

Nelson Mandela

You must never be fearful about what you are doing what is right.     

Rosa Parks

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

Michelle Obama

There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and thorough preparation cannot cure. Do not call for Black power or green power, call for brain power.     

Barbara Jordan

Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.     

Dr. Mae Jemison