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Black History Month Quotes

Exploring Black History Month through Quotes

"Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black
Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.? Gerald R. Ford, 1976

Gerald R. Ford was the first president to make Black History Month a country-wide and
month long celebration.

"We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not
a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias,
race hate, and religious prejudice.? Carter Woodson

Carter Woodson is the founder of Negro History Week, the forerunner of Black History
Month. A well-respected black historian, he made it his mission for African Americans
to be recognized for their contributions to their country. As part of this mission, he
supported the creation of a shared history that was honest and representative of all

"This being Black History Month, I would like to ask people to celebrate the similarities
and not focus on the differences between people of color and not of color.? Lynn Swann

Lynn Swan is a football player, politician and sportscaster. Despite the fact that Black
History Month is meant to celebrate African Americans in the United States, it is also
vital to remember that it is by focusing on our similarities rather than our difference we
will find peace and something more than token tolerance.

"I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history." Morgan

Morgan Freeman is a well-known actor and film director. His voice is familiar to the
American public as a powerful narrator. He believe that Black History Month runs
counter to the ideals it stands for because it promotes the idea that the month of February
is dedicated to Black history and the rest of the year their contributions to history can be

"The African-American experience is one of the most important threads in the American
tapestry.? William Harrison Frist

William Harrison Frist is a businessman, politician and doctor. This quote is from his
time sitting on the board that pushed for the creation of a museum dedicated to African
American History in Washington DC. This dream is being realized in the Smithsonian
National Museum of African American History and Culture, due to open in 2015.

"I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge.
Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C. J. Walker was a
bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge." Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a prominent talk show host and philanthropist who has demonstrated
the ability of African American women to succeed. In the course of her extensive
philanthropic and television endeavors she has continually acknowledged the debt she
owes to African American women who have come before her.

"American means white, and Africanist people struggle to make the term applicable to
themselves with ethnicity and hyphen after hyphen after hyphen.? Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who has won acclaim for novels such
as Beloved and The Song of Solomon. Her powerful voice has shared the experiences
of black women with the American public. She has consistently challenged what the
conception of an American is.

"We, the people." It is a very eloquent beginning. But when that document was
completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787 I was not included in that "We,
the people." I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander
Hamilton, just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment,
interpretation and court decision I have finally been included in "We, the people."
Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan was a Civil Rights leader and the first African American state senator