February is popular as the month of love. However, do you know that it is also Black History Month? Although this celebration began in the United States, it is now officially celebrated in Canada too. There is also an increasing celebration of Black History Month in countries like the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. However, in the latter countries, the celebration is in October. In commemoration of the celebration, we have compiled quotes from prominent black people. However, before the quotes, let’s dig into what the celebration is all about.
History of the Black History Month
The Black History month is a celebration of the achievements of African Americans in the history of the United States. Consequently, it is also called African American History Month in the United States. It all began in 1915 after the abolishment of slavery in the United States by the Thirteenth Amendment. In September of the same year, prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland and Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). Today the organization is called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
In 1926, the association sponsored a national Negro History Week. The choice of the second week of February was to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln. By 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized the growing celebration as Black History Month. President Ford called on the public to,
“Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
The Theme of Black History Month 2020
Following the endorsement by President Ford, there is a theme for the celebration every year. The theme for the 2020 Black History Month is ‘African Americans and the Vote’. This is in honor of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) that gave black men the right to vote. The theme also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage. Below are our favorite quotes by black people.
#1 “You can only become accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou . Click To Tweet
#7 “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin ... instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.” — Franklin Thomas Click To Tweet
#9 “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey Click To Tweet
#17 “Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” – Shonda Rhimes Click To Tweet
#28 “Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything … get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” – Tina Turner Click To Tweet
#32 “Go to work! Go to work in the morn of a new creation… until you have… reached the height of self-progress, and from that pinnacle bestow upon the world a civilization of your own.” – Marcus Garvey Click To Tweet
#35 “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… Click To Tweet
#38 “If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore,… Click To Tweet
#40 “It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had… Click To Tweet
#43 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman Click To Tweet
#44 “If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you’re going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money.” – Russell Simmons Click To Tweet
#46 “You are where you are today because you stand on somebody’s shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so… Click To Tweet
#50 “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… Click To Tweet
What is your favorite quote on the list? If there is any quote by a prominent black person which is not on the list you can drop it on the comment box. We will love to read your quotes too.