10 Great Quotes from African American Pioneers

Jasmine S.



Although Black History Month has since came to an end, I wanted to share a few quotes from successful African American pioneers. These individuals gave us entertainment , literature, inventions, and great leadership in how we should approach life.


  1. “Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

-American Novelist, James Baldwin.


  1. “The time is ALWAYS RIGHT to do what is RIGHT.”

-Civil Rights Activist, Martin Luther King Jr.


  1. “Never be limited by other people’s limited imagination.”

-Female NASA astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison


  1. “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.”

-Author/Educator, Booker T Washington


  1. “If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it ,change your attitude.”

-Poet and Civil Rights Activist, Maya Angelou


  1. “There is no such thing as failure . Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”

-Television sensation, Oprah Winfrey


  1. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it ! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come . Get up and make them.”

-Entrepreneur and social activist, Madam Cj Walker


  1. “I don’t think we can rely on the governments regardless of who is in power to do the work that only mass movements can do.”

-Political Activist, Angela Davis


  1. “Men can starve from lack of self-realization as much as they can from lack of bread .”

-Author and spokesperson, Richard Wright


  1. “Keep exploring ,keep dreaming ,keep asking why . Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination , and lastly your hard work to change the world.”

-44th President of the United States, Barack Obama


These quotes present a mindset of perseverance, hard work, dedication, and lastly determination for what it takes to be successful. We are all capable of obtaining heaven on earth , but we must change our way of thinking and push for a more collective effort.



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