With Black History Month just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can help your kids understand and appreciate this important part of history. One of the best ways to do that is by sharing quotes from incredible African-American figures throughout history. From civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to trailblazers like Madam C.J Walker, there are so many inspirational stories and ideas that can be shared with our children during February! To help get you started, here are 20 meaningful Black History Month quotes for kids!
- “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'” – Martin Luther King Jr.
- “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – Nelson Mandela
- “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
- “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde
- “I want to be the one who walks in the sun.” – Maya Angelou
- “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
- “The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” – John Holt
- “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – Brian Tracy
- “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
- “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks
- “I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed: and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.” – Tom Hopkins
- “It doesn’t matter how strong your opinions are. If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.” – Coretta Scott King
- “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
- “I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.” – Madam C.J. Walker
- “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington
- “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
- “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks
- “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
- “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
- “I have learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela
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