The annual celebration of Black History Month takes place every month of February. For decades, Americans recognize it as a celebration of the achievements of black Americans and to acknowledge the triumphs of those who helped create history and continue to inspire millions. We’ve compiled a list of quotes by prominent black figures which we hope incites a willingness to weave through any troubles you might be facing at the moment and grow toward greatness.

 

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

—Ida B. Wells, journalist, suffragist, and civil rights activist

 

“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

—Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy

 

“I feel safe in the midst of my enemies, for the truth is all powerful and will prevail.”

—Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and women's rights activist

 

“Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.”

—W.E.B. Du Bois, historian, activist, author and editor

 

“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.”

—Toni Morrison, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author

 

“You can only become accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

—Maya Angelou, author and poet

 

“If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for?”

—Alice Walker, author, poet and activist

 

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

—Michelle Obama, lawyer, author and First Lady

 

“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”

—Coretta Scott King, author, activist and civil rights leader

 

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., minister, author and civil rights leader