41 Affirmations For Black Women

What better way to kick off Black History Month than with positive affirmations for black women by black women?

Positive affirmations for black women are a great self-care method that has been proven to boost our self-esteem, elevate our confidence, and help us facilitate an overall positive outlook on life. 

Self-care can be characterized by how one takes care of their mental, physical, and spiritual health.

It can include but is not limited to, paying special attention to or filtering, what we eat, what we listen to, how often we move our bodies, how well we sleep, and even the information we consume.

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This list of affirmations is helpful when mindfully choosing how we internalize what we say to ourselves and what we say to other black women. 

While speaking good things into ourselves may seem easy, it can prove to be quite difficult.

Words of affirmations for black women not only assist us in reinstalling our self-worth but can also help us manifest the lives we so rightly seek and deserve.

To spread words of encouragement on self-love, confidence, empowerment, healing, and achievement, I put together a list of 41 positive affirmations for black women by black women.

May the words of these powerful, triumphant women help us live our most authentic, beautiful lives!

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Black Affirmations On Self Love

1. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde

2. “Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am”

-Janelle Monáe

3.“Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream”

-Oprah Winfrey

4. “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

-Maya Angelou

5. “If you prioritize yourself, you are going to save yourself.”

-Gabrielle Union

6. “Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way”

-Nikki Giovanni

7. “Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another”

-Toni Morrison

8. “As a Black Woman, I define self-care as the ability to safely and comfortably exhale.”

-Bethanee Epifani

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Black Affirmations On Confidence

1. “I embrace mistakes. They make you who you are.”

-Beyoncé Knowles

2. “Am I good enough? Yes, I am.”

-Michelle Obama

3. “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”

-Oprah Winfrey

4. “Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth.”

-Oprah Winfrey 

5. “This black woman rocks on a phenomenal level.”

-Stephanie Lahart

6. “I did what my conscience told me to do, and you can’t fail if you do that.”

-Anita Hill

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Black Women Affirmations On Empowerment

1.“Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail.”

-Michelle Obama

2. “We must cease being participants in our own oppression.”

-Stacey Abrams

3. “The most significant successes come from letting your light shine, embracing failure, and getting good at being wrong.”

-Stacey Abrams

4. “We must always attempt to lift as we climb.”

-Angela Davis

5. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change…I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

-Angela Davis

6. “Women in general, are not part of the corruption of the past, so they can give a new kind of leadership, a new image for mankind.”

-Coretta Scott King

7. “Let nothing dim your light that shines from within.”

-Maya Angelou

8. “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

-Shirley Chisolm

9. “Know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.”

-Misty Copeland 

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

-Josephine Baker 

11.“Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to love the best that’s in us.”

-Angela Bassett

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Black Women Affirmations For Healing

1. “Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.”

-Iyanla Vanzant

2. “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”

-Zora Neale Hurston

3. “Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.”

-Audre Lorde

4. “There’s so much creativity in brokenness. Brokeness will have you making it work.”

-Issa Rae

5. “Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine in yourself, so that you can hear it in others.”

-Marian Wright Edelman

6. “The way to right your wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

-Ida B. Wells

7. “You never find yourself until you face the truth.”

-Pearl Bailey

8. “Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”

-Lorraine Hansberry

9.“You have a right to your thoughts and feelings. Your feelings are always valid.”

-Iyanla Vanzant

10. “The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes for within – strength, courage, dignity.”

-Ruby Dee

11. “I don’t have to go around trying to save everybody anymore; that’s not my job.”

-Jada Pinkett Smith

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Black Women Affirmations On Success

  1. “I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world.”


2. “I have standards I don’t plan on lowering for anybody…including myself.”


3. “You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.”

-Nicki Minaj

4. “It’s in the act of having to do things you don’t want to that you learn something about moving past the self.” 

-Bell Hooks

5. “I’m convinced that we Black Women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and get over.”

-Janet Jackson

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Overcome Negative Thought Patterns With Powerful Affirmations

There you have it! One thing we as black women have come to do well, is making one another feel loved, appreciated, and seen.

Make uplifting yourself with these positive affirmations for black women by black women as a part of your self-care routine.

Better yet, this list can also be used as daily affirmations for black women.

Write them out on post-its, put them at your work desk, on the dashboard of your car, or even at the beginning of your journal entries to remind yourself just how strong, magical, and essential you really are.

If you’ve enjoyed this list of Positive Affirmations for Black Women by Black Women and are looking to feel more powerful and inspired, check out The Powerful Must-Have List of Positive Affirmations For Black Women.

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K.R. Jay

K.R. Jay

I’m a freelance UX researcher and content designer. Residing in Charlotte, NC with my husband and daughter, I consciously use the experience as a woman of color, wife, and mother to further connect to a greater community and the world. I have a BA in creative writing and English from Spelman College (ATL) and an MA in clinical psychology from Columbia University (NYC) with a passion for spirituality, self-care, and overall personal growth.

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