Humanities › History & Culture Quotes from African American Women Share Flipboard Email Print Don Hogan Charles / Getty Images History & Culture Women's History Important Figures History Of Feminism Key Events Women's Suffrage Women & War Laws & Womens Rights Feminism & Pop Culture Feminist Texts American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century View More By Jone Johnson Lewis Women's History Writer B.A., Mundelein College M.Div., Meadville/Lombard Theological School Jone Johnson Lewis is a women's history writer who has been involved with the women's movement since the late 1960s. She is a former faculty member of the Humanist Institute. our editorial process Jone Johnson Lewis Updated February 07, 2019 01 of 15 Shirley Chisholm Quote From Shirley Chisholm: "I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change." 02 of 15 Lorraine Hansberry Quote From Lorraine Hansberry: "Never be afraid to sit awhile and think." 03 of 15 Toni Morrison Quote From Toni Morrison: "If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it." 04 of 15 Audre Lorde Quote From Audre Lorde: "I am a Black Feminist. I mean I recognize that my power as well as my primary oppressions come as a result of my blackness as well as my womaness, and therefore my struggles on both of these fronts are inseparable." 05 of 15 Dorothy Height Quote From Dorothy Height: "I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom.... I want to be remembered as one who tried." 06 of 15 Alice Walker Quote From Alice Walker: "Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender." 07 of 15 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Quote From Jackie Joyner-Kersee: "The glory of sport comes from dedication, determination and desire. Achieving success and personal glory in athletics has less to do with wins and losses than it does with learning how to prepare yourself so that at the end of the day, whether on the track or in the office, you know that there was nothing more you could have done to reach your ultimate goal. " 08 of 15 Faye Wattleton Quote From Faye Wattleton: "Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can't take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can't take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right." 09 of 15 Barbara Jordan Quote From Barbara Jordan: "What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise." 10 of 15 Marian Anderson Quote From Marian Anderson: "As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold the person down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might." "The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dares to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow." 11 of 15 Mae Jemison Quote From Mae Jemison: "It is important for scientists to be aware of what our discoveries mean, socially and politically. It's a noble goal that science should be apolitical, acultural, and asocial, but it can't be, because it's done by people who are all those things." 12 of 15 Pearl Bailey Quote From Pearl Bailey: "What the world really needs is more love and less paper work." 13 of 15 Ruby Dee Quote From Ruby Dee: "You just try to do everything that comes up. Get up an hour earlier, stay up an hour later, make the time. Then you look back and say, 'Well, that was a neat piece of juggling there -- school, marriage, babies, career.' The enthusiasms took me through the action, not the measuring of it or the reasonableness." 14 of 15 Mary McLeod Bethune Quote From Mary McLeod Bethune: "Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough." 15 of 15 Harriet Tubman Quote From Harriet Tubman: "If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more."