70 Black Quotes and Sayings To Celebrate Black History

Black people are individuals with dark skin tones, a varied population with a complex tapestry of cultures, heritages and history.

The contributions of black people have had a significant impact on the world in a variety of ways.

Black people have made significant contributions to science, literature, athletics, music, politics and other professions, leaving an everlasting impact on world history.

Their fortitude, ingenuity and diverse cultural heritage have affected communities, enhanced cultures and aided development across the globe.


The advancement of the globe in many areas would not have been possible without the tremendous contributions of the black people.

Their efforts have been crucial in shaping a more inclusive, varied and dynamic global society.

As we recognize these contributions, it is critical to continue celebrating and amplifying black people’s voices and accomplishments.

Best Black Quotes and Sayings

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. ~ Michael Jordan.

The time is always right to do what is right. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The whisper of the dusk is night shedding its husk. ~ Dean Koontz.

I praise loudly. I blame softly. ~ Catherine the Great.

The darkening of the world makes the irrationality of art rational: radically darkened art. ~ Theodor Adorno.


It is in the darkness that one finds the light. ~ Meister Eckhart.

Dusk is the time when men whisper of matters about which they remain silent in the full light of the sun. ~ Simon Raven.


Freedom is never given; it is won. ~ A. Philip Randolph.

The man in black travels with your soul in his pocket. ~ Stephen King.

Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it. ~ Earl G. Graves, Sr.

The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. ~ Maya Angelou.


Truth is powerful and it prevails. ~ Sojourner Truth.

Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy- but mysterious. ~ Yohji Yamamoto.

You can have any color as long as it’s black. ~ Henry Ford.

It’s always darkest before it becomes totally black. ~ Mao Zedong.


If there is no struggle, there is no progress. ~ Frederick Douglass.

You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it. ~ Malcolm X.

Black care rarely sits behind the rider whose pace is fast enough. ~ Theodore Roosevelt.

Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. ~ Dwight Morrow.


I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up. ~ Rosa Parks.

The people are fed up with their elected officials playing the blame game and treating their political counterparts as enemies. ~ Carl Lewis.

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Top Black Quotes

I swear to the Lord I still can’t see why democracy means everybody but me. ~ Langston Hughes.

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. ~ Rosa Parks.

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


Black love is black wealth. ~ Nikki Giovanni.

Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness. ~ Ola Joseph.

Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us. ~ Susan L. Taylor, journalist.

I think it’s very important that you make your own decision about what you are. Therefore you’re responsible for your actions, so you don’t blame other people. ~ Prince William.


If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa.

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. ~ Francis of Assisi.

It’s always darkest before it turns absolutely pitch black. ~ Paul Newman.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ~ Nelson Mandela.

I’m not quite sure what freedom is, but I know damn well what it ain’t. How have we gotten so silly, I wonder. ~ Assata Shakur.

Famous Black Quotes

And out of darkness came the hands that reach through nature, moulding men. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson.


Better have a black face than be worried about black deeds. ~ Robert Lee.

The dusk runs down the lane driven like hail; Far off a precise whistle is escheat, To the dark; and then the towering weak and pale. ~ Allen Tate.

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise. ~ Maya Angelou.

A life is black, whiten it as you will. ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin.

Today we know with certainty that segregation is dead. The only question remaining is how costly will be the funeral. —Martin Luther King, Jr.


Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Black is a pearl in a woman’s eye. ~ George Chapman.

Won’t it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history. ~ Maya Angelou.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~ Muhammad Ali.

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. ~ Thurgood Marshall.


The soul that is within me no man can degrade. ~ Frederick Douglass.

The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone else he can blame it on. ~ Robert Bloch.

There will never be a chanel collection without black. ~ Karl Lagerfeld.

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.

Have a vision. Be demanding. ~ Colin Powell.

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.


Black is not sad… Black is poetic. ~ Ann Demeulemeester.

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.

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.

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. ~ Francis Bacon.

I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or rat in a trap. I had already determined to sell my life as early as possible if attacked. I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit. ~ Ida B. Wells.


Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. ~ Langston Hughes.

During Black History Month, I’m reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers’ rights. ~ Tom Perez.

Must-Read Black Quotes

Have a vision of excellence, a dream of success, and work like hell. ~ Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook.

The black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness. ~ Marcus Garvey.

The darkness that surrounds us cannot hurt us. It is the darkness in your own heart you should fear. ~ Silvertris.


Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. ~ Nicholas Sparks.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. ~ Barack Obama.

Black detraction will find faults where they are not. ~ Philip Massinger.

Black consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time. ~ Steven Biko.

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

Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel.


Black Poetry is not for Black People…it is for everybody. ~ Nikki Giovanni.

I knew then and I know now, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. ~ Claudette Colvin.

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. ~ Carl Jung.

Black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means. ~ Karl Lagerfeld.

We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. Our abundance has brought us neither peace of mind nor serenity of spirit. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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