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Posted: February 5, 2018


Celebrating Black History Month

February is dedicated to reflecting on the history, contributions and struggles of African Americans.

The Internet is filled with resources for celebrating Black History during the month of February and throughout the year. We found some thought-provoking quotes on being African American, Black history and racism that we wanted to share with you. We encourage you to add to the list by posting your favorite quotes to our social media sites: Facebook  and Twitter (@ABQschools). Use the hashtag #BHM

And let us know how you're celebrating Black History by sending us photographs and information to

Black History Quotations


"For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart."  ~Mary McLeod Bethune

"For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place."  ~Maya Angelou

"We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. 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

"This being Black History Month, I would like to ask people to celebrate the similarities and not focus on the differences between people of color and not of color."  ~Lynn Swann

"The African-American experience is one of the most important threads in the American tapestry."  ~Bill Frist

"I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history."  ~Morgan Freeman

"The African race is a rubber ball. The harder you dash it to the ground, the higher it will rise." ~African Proverb

"I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.'  ~Muhammad Ali

'You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.'  ~Frederick Douglass

'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.

I swear to the Lord
I still can't see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.
~Langston Hughes

"I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes.... Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world - I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. ~Zora Neale Hurston

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

"There is no Negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution."  ~Frederick Douglass

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

"Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color."  ~Author Unknown

"The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down."  ~Thurgood Marshall

"Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.  ~William Lloyd Garrison

"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

"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

"To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow." ~William Faulkner

"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."  ~Harper Lee

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