This post is about more than inspiring quotes. It's about paying tribute, acknowledging those who have overcome adversity, and seeing what we can learn from the trailblazers and change makers that came before. If you're not familiar with some of the people I've listed below, I encourage you to follow your curiosity and learn more by searching their names online.
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JUNE 02, 1907: Dorothy West
American novelist and short-story writer who explored conflicts and hopes of middle-class African Americans. Dorothy West is best known for her novel The Living Is Easy, as well as many other short stories about the life and experiences of an upper-class Black family.
Favourite quote: "Because if you don't know someone all that well, you react to their surface qualities, the superficial stereotypes-they throw off like sparks. But once you fight through the sparks and get to the person, you find just that, a person, a big jumble of likes, dislikes, fears, and desires."
JUNE 07, 1917: Gwendolyn Brooks
American poet, author, and teacher. Her prolific writing often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen, making her the first African American to receive a Pulitzer Prize. In 1985, she became first Black woman appointed as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress (now known as Poet Laureate).
Favourite poem: "We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon."
JUNE 11, 1880: Jeannette Rankin
American politician and women's rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. Jeannette ran as a progressive, emphasizing her support of suffrage, social welfare, and prohibition.
Favourite quote:"If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier."
JUNE 12, 1929: Anne Frank
A teenage diarist of Jewish origin who kept a diary while her family was in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. For two years, she and others lived in a "Secret Annex" in Amsterdam before being discovered and sent to concentration camps. Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen camp in 1945. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame after her passing, with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl.
Favourite quote: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
JUNE 16, 1971: Tupac Shakur
One of the most influential, significant, talented, and best selling rappers of all time. 2pac was an outspoken leader who used his passion and voice to address issues of inequality, racism, police brutality, and social justice. Whether it was through his music or interviews, he would always speak his mind in a way that hit hard and got people to listen. He was one of my biggest inspirations growing up and my favourite rapper. Still is. He was about more than a good beat; his music has a message, and his lyrics make you think. Tupac shed light on the realities he lived through and his music was a reflection of that. It didn't matter who he pissed off, he always spoke his truth and sparked others to do the same. He was far ahead of his time and his life was taken way too soon when he was murdered at the age of 25. There's so much more to be said about his life, the family he came from (his mother was a political activist in the Black Panthers), and his legacy.... but I'll stop here. *And ya, you know I couldn't pick just one quote from him.
Favourite quotes: "I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world."
“It's time for us as a people to start making some changes, let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us, to do what we gotta do to survive.”
“I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.”
JUNE 23, 1940: Wilma Rudolph
An American sprinter born in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee, who became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international sports icon in track and field. In 1960, she became the first African American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics.
Favourite quote: "Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us."
JUNE 27, 1880: Helen Keller
An American author, political activist, and lecturer. As toddler she became deaf/blind due to an illness. Despite this, she still wrote 12 books and inspired generations by her ability to overcome her challenges with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. She was also the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Favourite quote: "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
Which of these quotes was your favourite? Did you learn about someone new? What other trailblazers born in June do you think should be added? Let me know in the comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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