February marks a special month in history for African American culture. Black History Month is an inspiring time for America where we commemorate how far we have come in promoting justice and equality.
Although there is always progress to be made, we would like to take a step back, to reflect on some powerful words that have shaped our American history. Below are 5 quotes from courageous men and women that we believe best capture the movement of racial equality.
“You should never be fearful about what are you doing when it is right.” -Rosa Park
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”-Martin Luther King Jr.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” -Booker T. Washington
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela
“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter what it says or does.” -Malcom X
These powerful people strived tirelessly to promote racial equality, while enduring their own personal fight for freedom.
It’s important to reflect on history and how it shaped our nation, in order to allow for significant growth and change. More than ever, Black History Month stands as a significant month in America, as we make leaps and bounds in social justice reform.