Story by: Jordyn Dean

As we begin a monthlong exploration and appreciation of Black History, here are eight quotes from some of our country’s most notable African American female figures.

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. — Michelle Obama

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. — Rosa Parks

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. — Harriet Tubman

The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up. — Mae C. Jemison

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —- Maya Angelou

The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.—- Ruby Dee

Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.—- Shirley Chisholm

I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.—- Oprah Winfrey

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