"I have observed this in my experience of slavery, that whenever my condition was improved, instead of increasing my contentment; it only increased my desire to be free, and set me thinking of plans to gain my freedom."
- Frederick Douglas
"Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise."
- Maya Angelou
"Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power."
- Barbara Jordan
"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression."
- W.E.B. Du Bois
"The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now."
- Bill Cosby
"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
"Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated."
- Coretta Scott King
"Freedom is never given; it is won."
- A. Philip Randolph
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminshes fear."
- Rosa Parks
"God gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed."
- African Proverb
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart."
- Mary McLeod Bethune
"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
"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
"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