A celebration of iconic leaders and civil rights activists.
Black History Month, also commonly known as African-American History Month, is celebrated in many countries around the world including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, to recognize the greatest leaders, events and important contributions of African Americans throughout history.
Originally created in the 1920s as “Negro History Week” by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and later — in the 1970s, starting at Kent State University — president Gerald Ford expanded the event to an entire month. Celebrated in February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, president Ford explained that the United States needed to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Today, Black History Month is a time used to recognize the world’s greatest African-American leaders in all walks of life. From Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African American ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, to Madam C.J. Walker – the world’s first African-American self-made millionaire, to Barack Obama – the first African-American president in U.S. history, who was re-elected to serve for two consecutive terms in the White House.
In celebration of February being Black History Month, we’ve gathered 75 of the best African-American quotes, inspirational facts and motivational sayings about race, equality and love from some of the most influential leaders in American history.
Take a look back to honor some of the world’s greatest civil rights activists who worked to make the country a better, safer and more equal place.
1. Anything is possible.
”Yes we can!” — Barack Obama
2. In honor of the great leaders of the past.
”We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness.” — Yvette Clarke
3. Frederick Douglass from slavery in Maryland and became a leader of the abolitionist movement.
”If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass
4. Susan Taylor is a writer and journalist who served as served as editor-in-chief of Essence.
”Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” — Susan L. Taylor
5. The leader of civil rights movement from 1954-68.
”The time is always right to …Continue Reading