African American Quotes – A Black History Month Reader Survey

In celebration of African-American History Month (US) BHM UK asked readers to send in some favourite African-American quotes. To compliment a series of features Black History Month UK will be running over the next few weeks, we welcome our US readers with some inspiring quotes from well known African-American figures that have had a great impact on many lives.

The list is by no means exhaustive nor is it intended to be,  however, it serves as a reminder of the struggles they have faced and in their adversities the African Diaspora worldwide have gained voice.

“Dominance, even the threat of it is a form of dehumanisation, it’s the ugliest form of power” -Michelle Obama

Submitted by anonymous

I’ve Learned that people will forget what you tell them, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

Submitted by Debbie Lawrence

“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that is allows me to survive, and better than that, to strive with passion, compassion and style”  – Maya Angelou

Submitted by several readers including: Yasmin Prest, Sonia Ceasar, Ann-Marie Pinkney

“If you can’t fly – run

If you can’t  run – walk

If you can’t walk – crawl

But by all means – keep moving!” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Submitted by Errol Charles

“You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them” – Maya Angelou

Submitted by Celia Fletcher

“The time is always right to do what is right” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Submitted by Royston – performer and owner of RnD Creatives

“When they go low, we go high” – Michelle Obama

Submitted by Sherlene D

“Get off your butts and vote, we all bleed red” – Jennifer Lewis

Submitted by a reader

“Success is not about how much money you make! It’s about the difference you make” – Michelle Obama

Submitted by R.S.

“NO” – Rosa Parks

submitted by A. Comrie

“Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free …your true self comes out “ – Tina Turner

Submitted by  E.Pen

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress” – Barack Obama

Submitted by  A.Boothe


“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew” – Cicely Tyson

Submitted by J. Nembhard


And finally a quote by  W. E. B. Dubois

There is in this world no such force as the force of a man determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.”

Submitted by anonymous