The Black culture is as powerful as it is beautiful. Cherish it!
The Black community has deep cultural roots tied to years of subjugation and oppression but they are also the ones to have broken the chains and defined a new life for themselves. For centuries, black people have fought for their identity and there have been some phenomenal Black personalities who have directed these efforts through their powerful words. Here, we have 10 powerful quotes that define Black strength and their resilient nature to overcome all odds.
1) Maya Angelou ("Still I Rise," And Still I Rise)
"Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
2) Zora Neale Hurston (How It Feels to Be Colored Me)
I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. . . . Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
3) Muhammad Ali (The Greatest)
"I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me."
4) Malcolm X (Black Revolution)
"We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings...In fact, we are actually fighting for rights that are even greater than civil rights and that is human rights."
5) Alice Walker (The Third Life of Grange Copeland)
"Nobody’s as powerful as we make them out to be."
6) James Baldwin (Fifth Avenue, Uptown. Esquire)
"Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor."
7) Malidoma Patrice Somé (Of Water and the Spirit)
"As long as we are not ourselves, we will try to be what other people are."
8) Harriet Tubman
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
"I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger."
10) Barack Obama
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."