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Black History Quotes


"Black history is American history." - Morgan Freeman

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

"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

"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

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

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

"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

"I used to come out here every Fourth of July as a child to picnic and to swim on the island, to tour the fort and wander through it. And all of that time, I never knew anything about the presence of black soldiers on the island. And so, for me, this was a way of trying to tell another history, a lost or a forgotten or a little-known history about these black soldiers who played an important part in American history." Trethewey said. Coincidentally, she was born "exactly 100 years to the day that Mississippi celebrated the first Confederate Memorial Day, April 26, 1866." - Natasha Trethewey

"And all was black and still, and black and cold, and black and dead, and black." - George R R Martin

"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

"The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder-in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever." - Maya Angelou

"Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns is an American masterpiece, a stupendous literary success that channels the social sciences as iconic biography in order to tell a vast story of a people's reinvention of itself and of a nation-the first complete history of the Great Black Migration from start to finish, north, east, west." - David Levering Lewis

"There's no doubt that many of the mainstream white institutions tend to be cosmetic and symbolic when it comes to including African-Americans, whereas we black folk tend to be much more sensitive about embracing others, and we have a long history of that." - Cornel West

"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.

"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

"Black men loving black men is THE revolutionary act." - Marlon Riggs

"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

"Black makes your life so much simpler. Everything matches black, especially black." - Nora Ephron

"Standing to America, bringing home black gold, black ivory, black seed." - Robert Hayden

"Patriotism ruins history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Patriotism corrupts history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"History is merely gossip" - Oscar Wilde

"History repeats herself." - Jennifer Stone

"It was the world of Southern, rural, black growing up, of folks sitting on porches day and night, of folks calling your mama, 'cause you walked by and didn't speak, and of the switch waiting when you got home so that you could be taught some manners. It was a world of single black older women schoolteachers, dedicated, tough; they had taught your mama, her sisters, and her friends. They knew your people in ways that you never would and shared their insight, keeping us in touch with generations. It was a world where we had a history." - Bell Hooks

"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

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

"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

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

"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 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

"The black church often has reinforced certain self images that are damaging to black peoples' beauty, black peoples' confidence." - Cornel West

"How can we teach our children to respect Black women if Black women don't respect Black women?" - T D Jakes

"I'm not part of the history, I am the history." - Royce Gracie

"The history of one is the history of all." - Grace King

"History never really says goodbye. History says, see you later." - Eduardo Galeano

"Fiction is history, human history, or it is nothing." - Joseph Conrad

"There ain't nothin' like a Black woman." - Tupac Shakur

"Black is not as good as Purple." - Ralph Lauren

"A black sheep is a biting beast." - Thomas Bastard

"I look into my own black heart." - Gore Vidal

"I see black light (his last words)" - Victor Hugo

"Love is the new denim or black" - Lady Gaga

"Shakespeare must be a black girl." - Maya Angelou

"One must respect black. Nothing prostitutes it." - Odilon Redon

"War makes rattling good history." - Thomas Hardy

"Destiny and history are untidy." - Djuna Barnes

"All history is a lie!" - Robert Walpole

"History doesn't crawl; it leaps." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history." - James W. Loewen

"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

"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

"I tend to play characters that arent supposed to black or written black." - Megalyn Echikunwoke

"I imposed black; it still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around" - Coco Chanel

"A black Christian is like a black person with no memory." - Chris Rock

"To be black and beautiful means nothing in this world unless we are black and powerful." - John Henrik Clarke

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"We shall be free only together, black and white. We shall survive only together, black and white. We can be human only together, black and white." - Desmond Tutu

"Being gay is harder than being black. I didn't have to come out black. I didn't have to tell my parents about what its like to be black." - Wanda Sykes

"I'm a black man that is proud to be black, and I want to help the black community, but I love all mankind." - Common

"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

"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

"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

"s past history and stand alone." - Marion Woodman

"History without politics descends to mere Literature." - John Robert Seeley

"Politics is history in the making." - Adolf Hitler

"History is a record of exploded ideas." - John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

"Language is the archives of history." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The history of mankind is his character." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Our best history is still poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Biography is the only true history." - Thomas Carlyle

"To study history is to study literature." - Robert Aris Willmott

"Yesterday is history Tomorrow's a mystery" - Justin Timberlake

"History is filled with fictional people." - Robyn

"A turning point in modern history." - Robert Frost

"History is an accumulation of error." - Norman Cousins

"Indifference is the dead weight of history." - Antonio Gramsci

"Much more than memoir; it's history." - Russell Banks

"History gets written by the winners..." - Cassandra Clare

"The transcendental promises a vacation from history." - Mason Cooley

"We are all citizens of history." - Clifton Fadiman

"History is the revelation of Providence." - Lajos Kossuth

"Sleep is out... tired is the new black." - Amy Poehler

"Life is a rainbow which also includes black." - Yevgeny Yevtushenko

"usta be young usta be gifted - still black." - Wanda Coleman

"If Black women stand strong and our commitment is to ending domination I know that I'm supporting Black males, Black children male and female Black elderly because the bottom line is the struggle to end domination in all its forms." - Bell Hooks

"Cause everbody care. Black, white, deep down we all do." - Kathryn Stockett

"The twilight is long fingers and black hair." - Allen Tate

"The Black writer explains pain to those who inflict it." - Alice Childress

"Thoughtful white people know they are inferior to black people." - Malcolm X

"Quaint, outlandish heathen gods Black men fashion out of rods" - Countee Cullen

"Until things are brighter.. I'm the man in black." - Johnny Cash

"Do you like scary stories? he asked ominously. Jacob Black" - Stephenie Meyer

"Black eyeliner says 'You've been through stuff, you know things'." - Parker Posey

"It aint about black or white cause we`re human" - Tupac Shakur

"The toes of our ratty black sneakers touched." - Kami Garcia

"What if I were Romeo in black jeans?" - Michael Penn

"I mock everything. Don't take it so personally." Adam Black" - Karen Marie Moning

"Black milk of daybreak we drink it at sundown." - Paul Celan

"Religion is a fascinating black hole to me." - Johnny Depp

"Back home the black women are all beautiful" - Amiri Baraka

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

"Wasn't Winston Churchill the first black president of America? There's a statue of him near me... that's black..." - Danielle O'Hara

"What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we loved black culture?" - Amandla Stenberg

"When I find a colour darker than black, I'll wear it. But until then, I'm wearing black!" - Coco Chanel

"The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the 'Negro's' reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images." - Sonia Sanchez



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