Black History Month 2014 Quotes: Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Bill Cosby, More

20 inspiring quotes on shared humanity and resilience
By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
February 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.

-Coretta Scott King, activist


The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that’s where it’s at.

-Jesse Owens, U.S. track and field athlete



Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.

-Susan L. Taylor, journalist


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.

-Booker T. Washington, author and politician


Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

-Robert F. Kennedy



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, 1926, historian


Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.

-Carol Moseley-Braun, politician and lawyer