8 powerful quotes for Black History Month

8 powerful quotes for Black History Month
8 Powerful Quotes to Celebrate Black History Month Frederick Douglass Michelle Obama Rosa Parks Harriet Tubman Martin Luther King Jr. Mae C. Jemison Maya Angelou Malcolm X

ATLANTA — Since 1976, every United States president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

The federally recognized celebration, as then-President Gerald Ford said in 1976, calls for all Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Each month also has a theme to go along with it. This year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History announced the theme of "Black Migrations."

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As we begin a monthlong exploration and appreciation of black history, here are eight quotes from some of our country’s most notable historical figures.

Frederick Douglass:

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

Michelle Obama:

“... history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

Rosa Parks:

“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.”

Harriet Tubman:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Mae C. Jemison:

“The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up.”

Maya Angelou:

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Malcolm X:

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”