Since 1926 we have been celebrating February as Black History Month. The United States has come a long way in the past 300 years and this month acknowledges all the strides we have made. In honor of Black History Month, I’d like to take the time to reflect on these quotes.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Have a vision. Be demanding.” -Colin Powell
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” -Rosa Parks
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”-Langston Hughes
“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
“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King
“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
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. -Oprah Winfrey
“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
“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