Quotes Mark Observance of Black History Month

Enjoy these select quotes, compiled by Ann Marie Imbornoni, then visit Fact Monster for more in observance of Black History Month:

“I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.”
Oprah Winfrey (1954-)
Oprah!: Up Close and Down Home by Nellie Bly (1993)

“Black people have always been America’s wilderness in search of a promised land.”
Cornel West (1953-)
“Nihilism in America,” Race Matters (1993)

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go—purge yourself . . . If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”
Tina Turner (1939-)
I, Tina (1986)

“Freedom is never given; it is won.”
A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979)
Keynote speech given at the Second National Negro Congress in 1937

“Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move. Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain’t restful. Avoid running at all times. Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”
Satchel Paige (1906-1982)
“How to Stay Young” (1953)

when they ask you
why your mama so funny
she is a poet
she don’t have no sense”
Lucille Clifton (1936-)
“Admonitions,” Good Times (1969)

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