Frederick Douglass (1818–1895)
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
Mae Jemison (1956–)
“It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
Serena Williams (1981–)
“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.”
Mohammed Ali (1942–2016)
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
Mary Seacole (1805–1881)
“the grateful words and smile which rewarded me for binding up a wound or giving a cooling drink was a pleasure worth risking life for at any time.”
Oprah Winfrey (1954–)
“I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism”
Rosa Parks (1913–2005)
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear."
Nelson Mandela (1918–2013)
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Barack Obama (1961–)
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968)
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
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