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Black History month is for a few more days- celebrate some Herstory! These quotes and the women who said them are powerful forces, so enjoy- and quote an African American woman! (note: some of the quotes are highlighted, that is for esthetic reasons, not due to importance)

Alice Walke

“All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.” -Alice Walker

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” -Michelle Obama

“Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.” -Coretta Scott King

“Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.” -Gwendolyn Brooks

“But I think it would be irresponsible for me not to say what I really believe in my heart to be true – that there are some serious inequities that we face as women and that we can work to address these inequities.” -Anita Hill

“Women’s place in poetry in general is important and powerful and it’s underrated. You get the jokes, it’s all about her vagina or childbirth, and yeah, those are woman things. Of course, what else do you want us to write about?” -Jasmine Sena Cuffee

“I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” -Zora Neal Hurston

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” -Michelle Obama

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

“Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.” -Zora Neale Hurston

“I merged those two words, black and feminist, because I was surrounded by black women who were very tough and and who always assumed they had to work and rear children and manage homes.” -Toni Morrison

“It’s so much bigger than poetry. It’s so much bigger than slam, being able as women, to claim our spaces where we’re going to express ourselves and do it authentically and real, how we see it. It is underrated and I think the role of women in poetry is to be there and not necessarily be looked at as women poets but just as poets as anybody else.” -Jasmine Sena Cuffee

“Am I going to change the world, or am I going to change me? Or maybe change the world a little bit, just by changing me?” – Sadie Delany

“I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.” -Oprah Winfrey

“I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.”- June Jordan

Audre Lord

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. ” - Audre Lorde

“I like marriage. The idea.” -Toni Morrison

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” -Oprah Winfrey

“I don’t think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It’s perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man.” -Toni Morrison

In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way.”- June Jordan

Toni Morrison

“I don’t think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they’re black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That’s what we’re upset about.” -Toni Morrison

“I’ve been poor and I’ve been rich, and rich is better.” -Bessie Smith

“I am really proud to be a part in whatever way of women becoming active in the political scene. I think it was the first time that people came to terms with the reality of what it meant to have a Senate made up of 98 men and two women.” -Anita Hill

“Gods always behave like the people who make them.” -Zora Neal Hurston

“It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.” Ella Fitzgerald

“But the issue of sexual harassment is not the end of it. There are other issues – political issues, gender issues – that people need to be educated about.” -Anita Hill

Coretta Scott King

“Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.” -Coretta Scott King

“Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.” -Oprah Winfrey

“If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.” -Coretta Scott King

Michelle Obama

“The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.” -Michelle Obama

“I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.” -Coretta Scott King

“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” -Oprah Winfrey

“My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief. Making sure that in this transition, which will be even more of a transition for the girls… that they are settled and that they know they will continue to be the center of our universe.” -Michelle Obama

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” Ella Fitzgerald

“I became the messenger who had to be killed.” -Anita Hill

Zora Neale Hurston

“Gods always love the people who make em.” -Zora Neale Hurston

“I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands.” -Zora Neale Hurston

“I get angry about things, then go on and work.” Toni Morrison

“Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” -Coretta Scott King

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” -Oprah Winfrey

“My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.” -Michelle Obama

“For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.” -Alice Walker

“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” -Toni Morrison

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” -Oprah Winfrey

“We are each other’s magnitude and bond.” Gwendolyn Brooks

“Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” -Wilma Rudolph

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