Inspirational Black History Quotes to Fuel Your Soul This February and Beyond

Photo of author

By Anna Marikar

As we celebrate Black History Month, we are honored to share with you this collection of inspiring black history quotes from notable Black Americans throughout history, and from the present day.

As a bonus, you can print these quotes in PDF form to color and display for inspiration and motivation. These are great for your desk area, to use in your journaling, or as a mindfulness tool.

In the midst of Black History Month, here’s a collection of inspirational quotes to fuel your soul this February and beyond.

I want to be heard sign black history month

If you’re looking for a good motivational quote, then you’ve come to the right place.

We love inspirational quotes here at On Your Journey. I’m a firm believer that they can help you move through the day, help you overcome obstacles, and give you a renewed sense of determination and motivation.

When we take time to reflect on the words of wise people who gone been before us, there are always lessons to be learned.

black history

27 Quotes For Black History Month That Will Inspire You To Be The Change

“You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served” – Nina Simone

you've got to leave the table when love's no longer being served Nina Simone quote

“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am” – Nina Simone

even if it makes others uncomfortable I will love who I am Nina Simone

“I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside of me, my desire to win is always stronger” – Serena Williams

Serena williams quote coloring page

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow” – Beyonce Knowles

if everything was perfect you would never learn and you would never grow

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair” – Shirley Chisholm

if they don't give you a seat at the table bring a folding chair

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win” – Carl Lewis

confidence quote

“Stretch your mind and fly” – Whitney M. Young Jr.

stretch your mind and fly quote

“Be as you are, and hope that it’s right.” – Dizzy Gillespie

be as you are and hope that it's right

“You are your best thing” – Toni Morrison

you are your best thing Toni Morrison quote

“Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realise it.” – Earl G. Graves Sr.

hold on to your dreams black history quote

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

Muhammad ali quote black history quote

“Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do.” – Ella Fitzgerald

just don't give up Ella Fitzgerald quote

“Freedom is never given, it is won.” – A. Philip Randolph

freedom is never given it is won black history quote

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

if there is no struggle there is no progress black history quote

“Have a vision, be demanding.” – Colin Powell

have a vision be demanding Colin Powell quote

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” – Marcus Garvey

confidence quote black history quotes

“Hold fast to dreams, for is dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes

hold fast to dreams quote

“I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.” – Rosa Parks

I had no idea that history was being made I was just tired of giving up rosa parks quote

“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” – Frederick Douglass

the soul that is within me no man can degrade

“I knew then and I know now when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it.”

when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it

“Character is Power” – Booker T. Washington

character is power black history quote

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

I can accept failure Michael Jordan quote

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

darkness can not drive out darkness only light can do that Martin Luther king quote coloring page for black history month

“Each person must live their live as a model for others.” – Rosa Parks

each person must live their life as a model for others rosa parks quote

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Dr Mae Jemison

never be limited by other people's limited imaginations dr mae Jamison quote

“In recognising the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” – Thurgood Marshall

thurgood Marshall black history quote

“Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” – Susan L. Taylor

whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability black history quote

Download PDF Pack

Download a PDF pack with all 28 quotes included as free printable coloring pages. These are great for all ages. If you have kids, print some out and color these together, or take a few minutes alone to unwind and color to express your creativity.

The edges of these printable quote pages are blank, so you can add your own doodles, drawing, zentangle, or whatever you would like to add to the page. The minimalist look also works great!

Check out our Black History Coloring Pages for Kids, over on our sister site In The Playroom, to share with the children in your life.

More Inspirational Quotes

You might also like these inspirational quotes we have here on On Your Journey, organised by theme

Motivational Fighter Quotes to See You Through Hard Times

The Best Self Love Quotes and Captions for Your Instagram

Adult Coloring Pages with Inspirational Quotes about Change

Powerful names for your Female Empowerment Organisation

Positive Affirmations Printables

Black Lives Matter


Please share these quotes via social media, or Pin this post to your Pinterest Board.

27 Black history quotes to inspire and reflect on for black history month
Free printable black history quotes coloring pages. Color these inspirational words and reflect on wisdom from previous generations throughout Black history
Website | + posts

Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.

8 thoughts on “Inspirational Black History Quotes to Fuel Your Soul This February and Beyond”

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.