Feb. 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month, a month of raising awareness of the mounting contributions African-Americans brought to this country. It’s also a time to recognize African-Americans for their achievements throughout the decades and their significant role in U.S. history. Leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and Carter G. Woodson are just a few of the many to acknowledge this month. Here are some of their touching, memorable quotes.
1. Martin Luther King Jr.
A social activist and Baptist minister, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the key leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s to the late 1960s. King was a fighter for equal rights for African-Americans and all victims of civil or economic injustice.
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.– Martin Luther King Jr.
2. Maya Angelou
A civil rights activist, poet and award-winning author. She was also an actress, screenwriter and dancer. Her memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” made history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African-American.
Lift up your hearts Each new hour holds new chances For new beginnings.– Maya Angelou
3. James Baldwin
American essayist, novelist and playwright, Baldwin was an important figure of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Baldwin was a strong voice of the American Civil Rights Movement. He is most known for his various literary works on race.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.– James Baldwin
4. Carter G. Woodson
Woodson is most notably known for being the creator of Black History Month. He was a writer and historian as well as the second African-American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. He also wrote the influential book, “The Miseducation of the Negro,” in 1933.
Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better.– Carter G. Woodson
In further celebration, here are some more legendary Black leaders in business and their words of wisdom.
1. Daymond John
The founder and CEO of the successful clothing brand FUBU, John is considered a fashion pioneer. He is a Shark on the Emmy Award-winning show, “Shark Tank.” He is also an author, branding guru and motivational speaker.
Learn as many mistakes and what not to do while your business or product is small. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow your brand. Make sure that you and the market can sustain any bumps that may occur down the road.– Daymond John
2. David L. Steward
Count it all joy, even the challenges. It is through the challenges that we grow. Seek to serve and give your very best to others, and good things will come your way.– David L. Steward
3. Oprah Winfrey
Winfrey is a billionaire media executive, philanthropist, talk show host and actress. She is best known for her popular talk show program, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which aired from 1986 to 2011. Winfrey then launched her own television network, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), in 2011.
Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.– Oprah Winfrey
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