In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to round up some of my favorite motivational quotes from Black figures. These powerful Black figures have made their mark on this country with their insightful words, historic speeches and more. I really enjoyed reading these quotes and I hope you do too.
My favorite inspiring quotes from Black figures:
- “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” —Coretta Scott King
- “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” —Langston Hughes
- “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” —Frederick Douglass
- “The time is always right to do what is right.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
- “Freedom is never given; it is won.” —A. Philip Randolph, civil rights activist
- “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
- “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, world record-setting Olympic athlete
- “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” —Rosa Parks
- “Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” —Ella Fitzgerald
- “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” —Muhammad Ali
- “The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.” —Maya Angelou
- “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” —Michael Jordan
- “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.” —Morgan Freeman
- “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “I knew then and I know now, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it.” —Claudette Colvin
Those were some of my absolute favorite quotes from inspiring Black Figures and if there is one thing that I took away from all of those quotes, it would be that success is earned and not given but also it takes courage to be able to accomplish your goals and dreams.
I hope you all have an amazing rest of the day and stay safe!