Throughout this series of articles dedicated to Black History Month on Transatlantic Notes, we’ve encountered and learned about some incredible people. Often overcoming the all-pervading reach of racism within American society and the generational trauma it inflicts, there have been trailblazers, innovators and influential African Americans who have both challenged and changed this nation for the better.
But history does not always favour their contributions or reliably educate about who they were, what they achieved or what they hoped for. If certain parts of American history can be overlooked, they can be misrepresented and silenced. And suppressed voices don’t often get to decide how history is written — instead, it’s frequently observed through a lens that distorts in service of those who do. We must collectively face what so many have given their life’s work to have us understand; the fight for equality, equity, justice and freedom requires truth, reconciliation and action.
Here is a collection of inspirational and motivational quotes for Black History Month …
Which is your favourite quote? How are you making sure the lives, words and actions of these Black History changemakers are honoured?
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