A collection of famous quotes to help mark this years JuneTeenth Celebration. These JuneTeenth Quotes are from various individuals of all colors, and cultural background, reminding us of how our past was and why we all need to come together as one.
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.
JuneTeenth is also celebrated as June Independence Day, Freedom Day, Anniversary Day, or Liberation Day.
See also famous quotes from African Americans.
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
Where annual elections end where slavery begins. – John Quincy Adams.
You can’t separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. – Malcolm X
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.
There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. – Michelle Obama
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.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. – Abraham Lincoln.
If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go. – James Baldwin
I swear to the Lord I still can’t see why democracy means everybody but me. – Langston Hughes
I knew then and I know now, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. – Claudette Colvin
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
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.
We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers. – Bayard Rustin
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. – Desmond Tutu
God is love, I said, but art’s the possibility of forms, and shadows are the source of identity. – Ralph Ellison, Juneteenth
JuneTeenth Famous Quotes
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
We are not ready to fight because we love fighting. We are ready to fight because we are worth fighting for. – Zoé Samudzi
Do not be silent; there is no limit to the power that may be released through you. – Howard Thurman
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
I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. – Frederick Douglas.
We all require and want respect, man or woman, Black or white. It’s our basic human right. – Aretha Franklin
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
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
Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying. – Nikki Giovanni
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