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In this post, we will be looking at a collection of famous juneteenth quotes to help mark this year 2023 JuneTeenth celebration. Are you searching for quotes about juneteenth day, or looking to wish someone with a happy juneteenth quotes, then checkout these juneTeenth quotes from various individuals of all colors, and cultural background. These quotes reminds us of how our past was and why we all need to come together as one family and nation under one God.
What does Juneteenth symbolize?
For those who may not know what Juneteenth is, its the day set aside to mark the end of slavery in America. This proclamation was declared by the Republican President Abraham Lincoln on January 1st, 1863, but not all states stopped it until later on.
Which states do not celebrate Juneteenth?
As at June 2021, the only state yet to recognize juneteenth as a holiday is South Dakota. Every other states in America including the District of Columbia have formally recognized Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
JuneTeenth is also celebrated as June Independence Day, Freedom Day, Anniversary Day, or Liberation Day.
JuneTeenth Quotes Celebration
1. Anytime anyone is enslaved, or in any way deprived of his liberty, if that person is a human being, as far as I am concerned he is justified to resort to whatever methods necessary to bring about his liberty again. – Malcolm X
2. Where annual elections end where slavery begins. – John Quincy Adams.
3. You can’t separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. – Malcolm X
4. My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose Africa but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world. – Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer and activist.
5. There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. – Michelle Obama
6. Anytime anyone is enslaved, or in any way deprived of his liberty, if that person is a human being, as far as I am concerned he is justified to resort to whatever methods necessary to bring about his liberty again. – Malcolm X.
7. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. – Abraham Lincoln.
8. If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go. – James Baldwin
9. I swear to the Lord I still can’t see why democracy means everybody but me. – Langston Hughes
10. I knew then and I know now, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. – Claudette Colvin
Quotes About JuneTeenth Day
11. Go to work! Go to work in the morn of a new creation until you have reached the height of self-progress, and from that pinnacle bestow upon the world a civilization of your own. – Marcus Garvey
12. We’re in denial of the African holocaust. Most times, people don’t want to talk about it. One is often restless or termed a racist just for having compassion for the African experience, for speaking truth to the trans-Atlantic and Arab slave trades, for speaking truth to the significant omission of our history. We don’t want to sit down and listen to these things, or to discuss them. But we have to. – Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X.
13. We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers. – Bayard Rustin
14. My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. – Desmond Tutu
15. God is love, I said, but art’s the possibility of forms, and shadows are the source of identity. – Ralph Ellison, Juneteenth
16. If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
17. I just don’t believe that when people are being unjustly oppressed that they should let someone else set rules for them by which they can come out from under that oppression. – Malcolm X
18. Won’t it be wonderful when Black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history. – Maya Angelou
19. Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday. – Al Edwards
20. If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Happy Juneteenth Quotes
21. As Black women, we’re always given these seemingly devastating experiences — experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point. – Viola Davis
22. We are not ready to fight because we love fighting. We are ready to fight because we are worth fighting for. – Zoé Samudzi
23. Do not be silent; there is no limit to the power that may be released through you. – Howard Thurman
24. Nothing ever stops; it divides and multiplies, and I guess sometimes it gets ground down superfine, but it doesn’t just blow away. – Ralph Ellison, Juneteenth
25. I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. – Frederick Douglas.
26. We all require and want respect, man or woman, Black or white. It’s our basic human right. – Aretha Franklin
27. God’s time Emancipation is always near. He set the North Star in the heavens; He gave me the strength in my limbs; He meant I should be free. – Harriet Tubman
28. Freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. Thy claim it as their own and none can keep it from them. – Kwame Nkrumah
29. Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying. – Nikki Giovanni
30. Words of Emancipation didn’t arrive until the middle of June so they called it Juneteenth. So that was it, the night of Juneteenth celebration, his mind went on. The celebration of a gaudy illusion. – Ralph Ellison, Juneteenth