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Ntozake Shnage’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf” alludes to the terrifying epidemic of suicide within the black community, specifically black women. The suicide rate for black American children has been found to be twice that of white children. In honor of Black History Month coming to an end, these quotes serve as an ode to those within the black community that are suffering with mental health barriers, a message of healing to those that are continuing to fight every single day, and a reminder to keep going. #hcxo


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“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

~Lena Horne


“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

~Maya Angelou


“It’s time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you.”  

~Iyanla Vanzant


“You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can’t go wrong. The world is behind you.”

~Josephine Baker


“You can fall, but you can rise also.” 

~Angelique Kidjo


“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.”

~Wilma Rudolph


“Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you…yet, someone survived…You can do anything you choose to do.”

~Maya Angelou


“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.”

~Marian Wright Edelman


“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

~Audre Lorde


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“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


“You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.” 

~Lisa Nichols


“Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.”

 ~Susan L. Taylor


“It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you’re going that counts.”

~Ella Fitzgerald


Quotes from happyblackwoman.com/67-inspiring-quotes-by-black-women.

Asha is currently a Senior, English Major, Sociology Minor at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is a 23 year old, New York native.  Asha serves as the Assistant Content Director for Her Campus, Howard Chapter.  She also writes and performs poetry.  Besides her studies and dedication towards her goal to attend law school, Asha uses her position in Her Campus to shine light on various significant people, businesses, and topics that are prevalent within the Black community.  A strong advocate for Black women empowerment and social justice, she also writes to magnify the strength and uniqueness of Black womanhood.
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