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15 Black History Quotes From Different Eras

"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations."

– Dr. Mae Jemison

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

– Zora Neale Hurston

"I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell."

– Octavia E. Butler

"Art is whatever makes you proud to be human."

– Amiri Baraka

"I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me."

– Tracee Ellis Ross

"No is a powerful word. To me, it’s the single most powerful word in the English language. Said clearly, strongly and with enough frequency and force, it can alter the course of history."

– Shonda Rhimes

"The hardest thing about writing for me is facing the blank page."

– Octavia Spencer

"I would never be so arrogant to think that someone should model their life after me. But the idea of possibility . . . the idea that I get to live my dreams out in public, hopefully will show to other folks that it’s possible. So I prefer the term ‘possibility model’ to ‘role model.’"

– Laverne Cox

"I think it's healthy for a person to be nervous. It means you care—that you work hard and want to give a great performance. You just have to channel that nervous energy into the show."

– Beyoncé Knowles

"Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise."

– Michelle Obama

"Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn't have to become perfect because I've learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness."

– Janelle Monae

"Education is all a matter of building bridges."

– Ralph Ellison

"I'd rather regret the risks that didn't work out than the chances I didn't take at all."

– Simone Biles

"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."

– Rosa Parks

"The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself especially when everybody is watching."

– Dave Chappelle