Topics: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Black History Month Quotes


"They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it." - Rush Limbaugh

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

"Black History Month is in the shortest month of the year, and the coldest-just in case we want to have a parade" - Chris Rock

"I don't celebrate Valentine's Day. It gets in the way of Black History Month. Cupid didn't free any slaves." - Damien Lemon

"I almost never do anything for Black History Month, because I feel it's just another way to separate us." - Alice Walker

"Black History Month is dedicated to heroes that paved the way for Black people. It's a month that's very imperative because it gives those who lack the knowledge of our heroes a chance to gain insight. It's not just about the month, it's about the years that it took for us to get to this one month and it's beyond placing a value on how much Black History Month really means to me." - Alana Beard

"Black History Month must be more than just a month of remembrance; it should be a tribute to our history and reminder of the work that lies in the months and years ahead." - Marty Meehan

"It is my hope that as we commemorate Black History Month in the future, we will continue to celebrate the many achievements and rich culture of African-Americans." - Eliot Engel

"As we celebrate Black History Month we should be grateful for the achievements they made and inspired by their legacies to continue their work." - Marty Meehan

"If you only think of me during Black History Month, I must be failing as an educator and as an astrophysicist." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

"If the only time you think of me as a scientist is during Black History Month, then I must not be doing my job as a scientist." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

"Black History Month should be celebrated everyday. It's a month that's kind of sad to me, because I am reminded of the struggles that people before us had to go through for us to be able to live comfortably today." - Tamara James

"Black history is American history." - Morgan Freeman

"Black History Month is a great celebration for Black people everywhere. I just hope we get to the point as Black people that we celebrate everyday like it is Black History month by living our lives and aspiring to be all we can. Many people lost their lives for us to have the privileges we have so we need to honor them by striving to be the best we can be." - Crystal Robinson

"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

"I have a dream, and a plan, to combine the commercial possibilities of Valentine's Day with the substance and meaning of black history month. I call it: Blackentine's Day." - Mo Rocca

"Phillip Roth uses his Black women characters to make anti intellectual remarks about Black history month, begun by a man who reached intellectual heights that Roth will never attain.Roth is a petty bigot and his ignorant remarks about black culture expose him as a buffoon to scholars the world over." - Ishmael Reed

"Latinos outnumber Black people now. I'm not too happy about it. Because it's only a matter of time before we lose our month. Soon as they figure it out, they're going to have Latino History Month. All we're going to have is Cinco de Negro." - Alonzo Bodden

"The problem with relegating black history to one really short month, the shortest month, is not only are we telling the same stories over and over again - which are amazing, George Washington Carver is incredible, there's nobody like Frederick Douglass - but there are so many." - Karyn Parsons

"You're going to relegate my history to a month." - Morgan Freeman

"I pay homage and respect to Bobby Womack [for Black History Month] knowing that he passed last year... Him being one of those artists that I have really sampled so much and just been so inspired by... You know, he is the original 'soul man.'" - Big K.R.I.T.

"I pay homage and respect to Bobby Womack [for Black History Month] knowing that he passed last year... Him being one of those artists that I have really sampled so much and just been so inspired by... You know, he is the original "soul man."" - Big K.R.I.T.

"For children, diversity needs to be real and not merely relegated to learning the names of the usual suspects during Black History Month or enjoying south-of-the-bo rder cuisine on Cinco de Mayo. It means talking to and spending time with kids not like them so that they may discover those kids are in fact just like them." - John Ridley

"For children, diversity needs to be real and not merely relegated to learning the names of the usual suspects during Black History Month or enjoying south-of-the-border cuisine on Cinco de Mayo. It means talking to and spending time with kids not like them so that they may discover those kids are in fact just like them." - John Ridley

"I do consider myself part of black history." - Mary J Blige

"February is the uncertain month, neither black nor white but all shades between by turns. Nothing is sure." - Gladys Hasty Carroll

"After I told my wife that black underwear turned me on, she didn't wash my Y-fronts for a month." - Chic Murray

"The Republican Party's history is rich and chock full of emancipation and black history." - Rand Paul

"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

"Black history isn't a separate history. This is all of our history, this is American history, and we need to understand that. It has such an impact on kids and their values and how they view black people." - Karyn Parsons

"And I think right now I'm just enjoying finding something such as One Weekend a Month where I can really resonate with this woman's history and her situation." - Renee O'Connor

"As we move beyond Women's History Month, I am committed to advancing legislation to raise the minimum wage and ensure women are paid equally for equal work." - Colleen Hanabusa

"History shows us that people are terrible about guessing what is going to happen - next week, next month, and especially next year." - Barry Ritholtz

"If you are a black woman, you get two history months in a row." - Artie Lange

"With black people, there are 50 Hitlers over the course of history." - Chuck D

"I'm playing dark history. It's beyond black. I'm dealing with the dark things of the cosmos." - Sun Ra

"Through educational programming, Jewish American History Month will help raise the awareness of a people, their history and contributions. It will help combat anti-Semitism, a phenomenon that is on the rise and that unfortunately still exists in our Nation." - Jan Schakowsky

"If you take five white guys and put 'em with five black guys, and let 'em hang around together for about a month, and at the end of the month, you'll notice that the white guys are walking and talking and standing like the black guys do. You'll never see the black guys going, "Oh, golly! We won the big game today, yes sir!" But you'll see guys with red hair named Duffy going, "What's happenin'?"" - George Carlin

"Black History is enjoying the life of our ancestors who paved the way for every African-American. No matter what color you are, the history of Blacks affected everyone; that's why we should cherish and respect Black history. Black history changed America and is continuing to change and shape our country. Black history is about everyone coming together to better themselves and America. Black history is being comfortable in your own skin no matter what color you are. Black history makes me proud of where I came from and where I am going in life." - Bernice Mosby

"It is imperative that young white men and women study the black American history. It is imperative that blacks and whites study the Asian American history." - Maya Angelou

"We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation's greatness." - Yvette Clarke

"No library of American business achievement is complete without the story of Arthur G. Gaston. . . . Black Titan is a long overdue contribution to the recording of not just black history, but American history." - Earl G. Graves, Sr.

"Specifically for black women, our images and our bodies in the media and in history have been so hypersexualized." - Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

"When I think of black television and history, I always use The Cosby Show as the bar." - Wendy Raquel Robinson

"What if history was changed? slavery reversed Would black ladies see white boys and clinch they purse?" - Fredro Starr

"The thing about black history is that the truth is so much more complex than anything you could make up." - Henry Louis Gates

"After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that." - Reggie Jackson

"Black women all over the world should re-unite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us." - Buchi Emecheta

"No human being in history was all good or all bad, or all black or all white." - Anastasia Griffith

"Black people don't have an accurate idea of their history, which has been either suppressed or distorted." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race." - Branch Rickey

"When I think of black television and history, I always use 'The Cosby Show' as the bar." - Wendy Raquel Robinson

"Black people don't have an accurate idea of their history, which has been either suppressed or distorted." - Kareem Abduljabbar

"we defer therefore till this time twelve month to avail ourselves of the instruction of that place, and particularly of your kindness in the two branches of Botany and Natural history to which we wish him particularly to apply." - Thomas Jefferson

"They say John Kerry is the first Democratic presidential candidate in history to raise $50 million in a three-month period. Actually, that's nothing. He once raised $500 million with two words: 'I do.'" - Jay Leno

"Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians. They met upon the third Wednesday of every month and read each other long, dull papers upon the history of English magic." - Susanna Clarke

"November is Hip-Hop History Month, where we give celebration to what hip hop has done to bring together people of the world, people of all nationalities, young people, all the political systems and politicians on the planet." - Afrika Bambaataa

"We as Black people have to tell our own stories. We have to document our history. When we allow someone else to document our history the history becomes twisted and we get written out. We get our noses blown off." - Erykah Badu

"I remember when I had my show [The Chris Rock Show on HBO], I used to run my show. It was so hard to get people to bring sketches to me. No one had ever worked for a black person before. Even the black people hadn't worked for a black person. It literally took a month or two for everybody to know: I'm really running the show." - Scott Raab

"But George Lucas is carrying about Black actors, about Black men, about Black history, which really incorporates and tells all of history. You can't take one race out without eliminating every other race if you're going to tell the story of the human race." - Terrence Howard

"April is a fun month." - Justin Bieber

"August is a wicked month." - Edna O'Brien

"April is the cruellest month." - T S Eliot

"I did a book in 1996, an overview of black history. In that process I became more aware of a lot of the black inventors of the 19th century." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"I was listening to a lot of Norwegian black metal and death metal. There's a great history to Norwegian black metal. That music is very dark and violent, but it's also beautiful." - Brie Larson

"The election, and even the re-election, of a black man as president, in a country that is 87 percent non-black - a first in human history - has had no impact on what are called 'racial tensions.'" - Dennis Prager

"I did a book in 1996, an overview of black history. In that process I became more aware of a lot of the black inventors of the 19th century." - Kareem Abduljabbar

"What of October, that ambiguous month, the month of tension, the unendurable month?" - Doris Lessing

"Throughout history there have been black people who have played mammies, all sorts of offensive images, who didn't mind doing it." - Marc Lamont Hill

"First black president ever, and to be living while it happened - that's a good part of history. That's probably the biggest person I admire right now." - Meek Mill

"In economic life and history more generally, just about everything of consequence comes from black swans; ordinary events have paltry effects in the long term." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"You see, in recent history, the Democrat party has created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what's best for black people," - Elbert Guillory

"You see, in recent history, the Democrat party has created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what's best for black people," - Elbert Guillory

"I find it difficult [to believe] that... Christians accuse [Black Muslims] of teaching racial supremacy or... hatred, because their own history and... teachings are filled with it." - Malcolm X

"To change history is very slow. The first two times I came to the States - black people didn't have the right to vote." - Agnes Varda

"It is apparent, if you go back through our history, that the grand juries of the criminal justice system do not value black lives." - William Lacy Clay Jr

"I don't know much about my family history except that my father had straight black hair and his ancestors probably came from India." - Trevor Mcdonald

"In a typical history book, black Americans are mentioned in the context of slavery or civil rights. There's so much more to the story." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"I was bused to a school in Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn in 1972. I was one of the first black kids in the history of the school." - Chris Rock

"When I first heard that Barack Obama was going to be the first black president, I wanted to do the smallest, biggest tribute in history." - Willard Wigan

"In a typical history book, black Americans are mentioned in the context of slavery or civil rights. There's so much more to the story." - Kareem Abduljabbar

"Wherever you go in the history of America, there have been Black people making contributions, but their contributions have been obscured, lost, buried." - Henry Louis Gates

"Ancient Egypt was a Negro Civilization. The history of Black Africa will remain suspended in air and cannot be written correctly until African historians dare to connect it with the history of Egypt." - Cheikh Anta Diop

"Our history is every human history; a black and gory business, with more scoundrels than wise men at the lead, and more louts than both put together to cheer and follow." - Philip Wylie

"I wanted to show the history and strength of all kinds of black women. Working women, country women, urban women, great women in the history of the United States," - Elizabeth Catlett

"I'm a history geek and I love American history. It's so bizarre and so problematic and I love the many conundrums that it represents. You can go down so many black holes." - Matana Roberts

"The United States has written the white history of the United States. It now needs to write the black, Latino, Indian, Asian and Caribbean history of the United States." - Carlos Fuentes

"February is a suitable month for dying. Everything around is dead, the trees black and frozen so that the appearance of green shoots two months hence seems preposterous, the ground hard and cold, the snow dirty, the winter hateful, hanging on too long." - Anna Quindlen

"May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month. The days are long and humid. The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees. Red bananas ripen. Jackfruits burst. Dissolute bluebottles hum vacuously in the fruity air. Then they stun themselves against clear windowpanes and die, fatly baffled in the sun." - Arundhati Roy

"You know, even with the 'Awkward Black Girl' episodes, they come out once a month. That's great for me, it's comfortable, it gives each time to digest, time for new people to get on to it and caught up, but oftentimes I have people who are almost demanding a higher output from me." - Issa Rae

"Don't judge me. You wanna judge me, put on a black gown and get a gavel. Get in line with the rest of them that's about to judge me. I got court dates every other month. It's me against the world - that's how I feel." - Lil Wayne

"When I first started dating my husband, I had this weird fascination with the circus and clowns and old carnival things and sideshow freaks and all that. About a month after we started dating, he bought me this amazing black-and-white photo book on the circus in the 1930s, and I started sobbing." - Christina Hendricks

"The true story is that black people need to tell their history. Very few films are made by black people about slavery. That itself is a crime because slavery is a very important historical event that has held our people hostage. Forget white people's role in it. In the end what's important is black people remain and live with the scars and psychological issues." - Haile Gerima

"The slanders poured down like Niagara. If you take into consideration the setting - the war and the revolution - and the character of the accused - revolutionary leaders of millions who were conducting their party to the sovereign power - you can say without exaggeration that July 1917 was the month of the most gigantic slander in world history." - Leon Trotsky

"I joined a gym recently. I don't have the best history in the world of sticking with my fitness regimens, but I feel like this time's gonna be different. I figure one of two things is gonna happen: either I'll get into shape, or I'll just resign myself to paying an $85 a month fat tax." - Christian Finnegan

"Who created the sectarian attitude in Iraq? The occupation, ... We never heard of this before in our history. But it's good that Condoleezza Rice realizes sectarianism is not good for Iraq. All we want from them is fair and clean elections next month." - Saleh al-Mutlaq

"You can't sit down and write 300 compositions in a three-month period and think that you're doing it all by yourself. Obviously, there's something going on here. And whether you want to call it channeling or being connected to a creative force or knowing your history and knowing where you belong, that's, you know, maybe a personal thing." - John Zorn

"Black love is black wealth" - Nikki Giovanni

"January is the month for dreaming." - Jean Hersey

"Long week. Long month. Long life." - John Green

"September is pantyhose month. No nonsense." - Dave Parker

"Computers double their performance every month." - Stephen Hawking

"I'm the flavor of the month." - George Clooney

"History is history." - Troy Vincent

"Black folk, a lot of us lived as victims in a certain part of our history. And we had to really erase that tape. We're not victims. We are citizens." - Dorothy Cotton

"What sets black people apart is not some deficit in personal responsibility. It's the weight on our shoulders. That is what's actually different. We have the weight and burden of history." - Ta-Nehisi Coates

"According to his dad's journal, vampires had been through some of the worst epidemics in history. And apparently, during the days of the Black Plague, their biggest complaint had been rotten "food"." - Heather Brewer

"The beloved's innocence brutalizes the lover. As the singing of a mad person behind you on the train enrages you, its beautiful animal-like teeth shining amid black planes of paint. As Helen enrages history. Senza uscita." - Anne Carson

"It somehow became an article of faith on the right that Obama is the most extreme president in American history. Although, when they say that, I think what they really mean is...he's black." - Bill Maher

"I think slavery was an awful, awful period in our history, but when I look at what's become of black culture since emancipation, I think you have to admit, maybe the Confederacy was on to something" - Zach Braff

"The Christian is a [person] of joy... A gloomy Christian is a contradiction of terms, and nothing in all religious history has done Christianity more harm than its connection with black clothes and long faces." - William Barclay

"The revolution is an amalgam of former Party functionaries, quasi- democrats, KGB officers, and black-market wheeler-dealers, who are standing in power now and have represented a dirty hybrid unseen in world history" - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"I wanted to write a novel that would make others feel the history: the pain and fear that black people have had to live through in order to endure." - Octavia Butler

"You go to school, you study about the Germans and the French, but not about your own race. I hope the time will come when you study black history too." - Booker T Washington

"For black folks, the camera provided a means to document a reality that could, if necessary, be packed, stored, moved from place to place... [Photography] offered a way to contain memories, to overcome loss, to keep history." - Bell Hooks

"Most history is a record of the triumphs, disasters, and follies of top people. The black hole in it is the way of life of mute, inglorious men and women who make no nuisance of themselves in the world." - Philip Howard, 20th Earl of Arundel

"In order for us, black and white, to disenthrall ourselves from the harshest slavemaster, racism, we must disinter our buried history.... We are all the Pilgrim, setting out on this journey." - Studs Terkel

"Black Americans are the only people in history who are for education instead of liberation. George Washington wasn't beating up on British for the right to open a college! The line isn't "Give me education or give me death."" - Dick Gregory

"There's a long history of saying certain people shouldn't be voting. And, unfortunately, the people who are often left out of these conversations are people who are black and brown." - Marc Lamont Hill

"I have been in films before where people have been in a rush to label them as a Black film or even as a history lesson. These are ways to make the film feel niche and not for everyone." - David Oyelowo

"When I reflect on the issues that black Hollywood has had with the lack of representation at the Oscars, I realized that we have a responsibility to tell stories that are meaningful for our history." - Usher

"A good many people voted for [Barack] Obama, and I'm not only talking about the black vote. A lot of people voted for Obama because of our history of racial discrimination in this country." - Nat Hentoff

"In Europe, populism is sort of a dirty word, but we have this wonderful history of populism in America, including the abolitionist populists and the white and black populists working together in the nineteenth century." - Zephyr Teachout

"I think it's easier, I really do, because of not having that similar history, so that's why I think two-thirds of these mixed congregations are either white with Asian and Hispanic, or black with Asian and Hispanic." - Michael Emerson

"African continent GMs do exist; but, according to the system of racial classification, I am the first Black GM in matters, and doesn't matter, all at the same time." - Maurice Ashley

"I am a product of every other black woman before me who has done or said anything worthwhile. Recognizing that I am part of history is what allows me to soar." - Oprah Winfrey

"When I was in school, I conceptually didn't want black people to have context, to take it out of all that history. I wanted nothing to indicate where they are or what time it is, to place them anywhere." - Toyin Odutola

"...for thousands of years human history has been a magnificently futile conflict, a wonderfully staged panorama of triumphs and tragedies based on the resolute taboo against admitting that black goes with white." - Alan Watts

"The acceptance of the facts of African-American history and the African-American historian as a legitimate part of the academic community did not come easily. Slavery ended and left its false images of black people intact." - John Henrik Clarke

"Hip hop music is important precisely because it sheds light on contemporary politics, history, and race. At its best, hip hop gives voice to marginal black youth we are not used to hearing from on such topics." - Michael Eric Dyson

"The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his body, or woman's right to her soul." - Emma Goldman

"Let me tell you, never before in the history of this planet has anybody made the progress that African-Americans have made in a 30-year period, in spite of many black folks and white folks lying to one another." - Dick Gregory

"Marmite - like that other little black-jar job, Bovril - is so much a Mark 1 staple-of-Empire brand, so much part of the Edwardian world of enamel advertising signs, the history of grin-and-bear-it industrial food." - Peter York

"There were lots of smart black people at Harvard before Barack Obama, but none of them ever got to head up the law review. There has been a history of discrimination." - Andrew Young

"The methodologies of examining hip hop are borrowed from sociology, politics, religion, economics, urban studies, journalism, communications theory, American studies, transatlantic studies, black studies, history, musicology, comparative literature, English, linguistics, and other disciplines." - Michael Eric Dyson

"Why would you create a movie for black people if you don't understand the history and perspective of the people you are doing it for? You need historical perspective to make sound decisions." - Tim Reid

"I'm going to have to call up Spike Lee. I did a cameo for him in 'Malcolm X,' and I'm trying to get him to do my life story and the history of the Black Panther Party." - Bobby Seale

"Writing 'Native Guard,' I didn't know I was working on a single book. I began writing that book because I was interested in the lesser-known history of these black soldiers stationed off the coast of my hometown." - Natasha Trethewey

"Why shouldn't rap be esoteric, able to take in current events, history and criticism? I guess it's this old idea of containment - that rappers, because they're black, can't and shouldn't aspire to look outside the ghetto for influence." - Saul Williams

"We are the only class in history that has been left to fight its battles alone, unaided by the ruling powers. White labor and the freed black men had their champions, but where are ours?" - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Rather than spend so much time wondering if I'm going to get hired, or is it a problem that I've got this black-tar history, I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing and try to be decent." - Natasha Lyonne

"The injustices endured by black Americans at the hands of their own government have no parallel in our history, not only during the period of slavery but also in the Jim Crow era that followed." - Jim Webb

"At pivotal moments throughout history, there have always been grey areas, and there likely will be in the future. Courage now lies not in the black and white, as in the past, but in the grey." - Safak Pavey

"I wanted to write a novel that would make others feel the history: the pain and fear that black people have had to live through in order to endure." - Octavia E Butler

"In the history of the treatment of depression, there was the dunking stool, purging of the bowels of black bile, hoses, attempts to shock the patient. All of these represent hatred or aggression towards what depression represents in the patient." - James Hillman

"Black women are some of the most colorful women in the world. We come in all shadeshave so many hair textures..eye colors..body types. In this generation, it's sad to see so many black girls claiming ethnicities that they know nothing about in hopes of impressing a man or appearing 'exotic'. So many people act as if being black and beautiful is impossible. It's not. If we wanna get technical and look at our history, almost every black American is mixed. But we must stop implying that a woman's beauty comes from a part of her that is not black." - Skye Townsend

"When snow accumulates week after week, month after month, it works curious miracles." - E B White

"'Tis a month before the month of May, And the spring comes slowly up this way." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Malcolm Turnbull, more than anyone, changes month to month on a range of issues." - Tony Burke

"Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature." - Ravi Shankar



Black History Month, Black History, Another Month, November Month, New Month of August, All Black, All Black Everything, Angry Black Woman, Abuse History, American History, Ancient History, Appreciating History, Architecture and History, Art History, Asian History, Aviation History, Baseball History, California history, Canadian history, Contemporary History, Country's history, Creating history, Cultural history, Forgetting History, Gay History, German History, Global History, Good History, Great History,