Words have power. Throughout America’s history, this has been proven time and again. This collection of famous African American Quotes features words that have helped shape this country.
The hope despite adversity in these quotes, teach us that the strength of a man’s heart can change a culture.
These quotes, along with these inspirational quotes for college students, remind our young people of the power they have to shape our future.
Famous African American Quotes:
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
— Maya Angelou
Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.
— Sadie Delaney
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
— Frederick Douglass
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
— Langston Hughes
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
— Barbara Jordan
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
— George Washington Carver
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminshes fear.
— Rosa Parks
You really can change the world if you care enough.
— Marian Wright Edelman
Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.
— Dr. Mae Jemison
Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
— Ella Fitzgerald
These famous African American quotes show us that having faith and trust in what is right can have powerful results.