Today we want to inspire. Sister, we want to inspire you to be the best you, you can be. We know for Black women it can be tough. After all, to be a Black woman who loves herself in a world that says she shouldn’t is a revolutionary act. So today I want you to be revolutionary. I want you to love yourself. The Black women we’ve quoted were revolutionaries who inspired, loved themselves and loved their Black womanhood. Check out their incredible and powerful quotes.
“I who have gone the gamut from an almost angry rejection of my dark skin by some of my brainwashed brothers and sisters to a surprised queenhood in the new Black sunam qualified to enter at least the kindergarten of new consciousness now… I have hopes for myself.” Gwendolyn Brooks, Poet
“The way I was taught, being black was a plus, always. Being a human being, being in America, and being black, all three were the greatest things that could happen to you. The combination was unbeatable.“ Leontyne Price Soprano
“There’s always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself - whether it’s Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. - because that’s the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else.” Audre Lorde, Poet and Author
“A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men — and people in general.” Lorraine Hansberry, Author
“There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights, and not colored women theirs, you see the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before. So I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring; because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again.” Sojourner Truth Abolitionist, Civil Rights Activist, and Women’s Rights Advocate
“It’s not impossible for a woman - a Black woman - to become President.” Senator and Former Presidential Candidate Carol Moseley Braun
“I decided blacks should not have to experience the difficulties I had faced, so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly.” Bessie Coleman, Aviator
“The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.” Maya Angelou, Poet, Author, Director and Renaissance woman.
“I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself.” Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman and former Presidential Candidate “Never again will black women be disregarded. We will have our share and parity in American politics.” C. Delores Tucker, First African American and female Pennsylvania Secretary of State, cofounder of the National Congress of Black Women, civil rights activist and youth advocate.
Were you inspired? Good! I have some self-work not homework I want you to do. I want you to pick out a quote or two and place it where you can see it every day. It can be on your phone, computer or even on your refrigerator. I want you to remember it and live it. Become the woman you have always wanted to be. By doing this, you will inspire someone else, and they will eventually inspire another Black woman too. Now we’ve created a sisterhood circle of inspiration.
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