Celebrating Black History: Inspiring Words From 15 Black Icons

By Cherranda Smith

February 3, 2021

Black History Month is a time to honor the achievements, legacy and resiliency of Black people. We often recite poems, sing songs, or replay speeches from our icons to recognize the trail blazed out of determination, survival, and pure talent. 

Throughout this month, the words we recall should be remembered for their power in rallying people together for a common cause, changing minds, inspiring action, and leading others to keep going even when the path gets rough. 

Here are 15 inspirational quotes from Black legends, some who are with us still, and others whose impact left behind is still being felt.

1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2. Thurgood Marshall

3. Vice President Kamala Harris

4. W.E.B. Du Bois

5. Barack Obama

6. Lizzo

7. Michael B. Jordan

8. Ava DuVernay

9. Maya Angelou

10. John Legend

11. Tracee Ellis Ross

12. Megan Thee Stallion

13. Muhammad Ali

14. Brittany Packnett Cunningham

15. Oprah Winfrey

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