Black History Month begins today and is a time to celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans.
The theme for Black History Monday 2022 is “Black Health and Wellness,” with special emphasis on healthcare access and improving wellness.
The origins of National History Week dates back to 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson first established “Negro History Week” during the second week in February. It is thought he chose that week because it encompasses the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The movement spread during the civil rights movement, expanding to encompass the entire month. Since 1976, every US president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
Here are some of the best quotes and inspiration to celebrate Black History Month 2022:
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – – Dr Mae Jemison
“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.
“What has always made our country special is that it doesn’t matter where you come from; it matters where you’re going. Our job is to make certain the pathways are open to both our boys and our girls.” – – Condoleezza Rice
“I tell young people – including my granddaughter – there is no shortcut in life. You have to take it one step at a time and work hard. And you have to give back.” – Hank Aaron
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – – Colin Powell
“History has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.” – – Michelle Obama
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” –Jackie Robinson
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power grants nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – – Frederick Douglass
“It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” — Ella Fitzgerald
“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” — Thurgood Marshall, first African American US Supreme Court member
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” – – Desmond Tutu
“Won’t it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of US history is taught from one book. Just US history.” –Maya Angelou
“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
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” –Shirley Chisholm
“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”—Langston Hughes
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela
“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”—Jesse Owens
“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”—Rosa Parks
“Truth is powerful and it prevails.” — Sojourner Truth
“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.” — Aretha Franklin