Oscar Micheaux Quotes

Oscar Micheaux is the first Black Best Selling Novelist and the first Black Independent Filmmaker in America.

There is no barrier to success which diligence and perseverance cannot hurdle.

Every man and woman should cast aside their skepticism regarding the Negro’s ability as a motion picture star.

Motion pictures have become one of the greatest revitalizing forces in race adjustment.

There has been but one picture that incited colored people to riot and still does. That picture is “Birth of A Nation.”

I want to see the Negro pictured in books just like he lives, so I formed my own book publishing firm and write my own books.

The time is at hand–the Negro must be more self-supporting

I use my films to help elevate the race.

One of the greatest tasks of my life has been to teach the colored man he can be anything.

We want to see our lives dramatized on the screen as we are living it, the same as other people.

My long experience with all classes of humanity had made me somewhat of a student of human nature.

What I like best is a good story with a moral.

I try to write more on Sunday.

Honest, intelligent criticism is an aid to the progress of an effort.

The point being that it is an intricate task, not to say a most expensive one, to film periods gone by.

The poor guys down south want to see some pretty legs–dancing and beautiful girls. We’ve got to satisfy them.

My results…might have been narrow at times, due perhaps to certain limited situations, which I endeavored to portray, but in those limited situations,the truth was the predominate characteristic.

I did not by any means want to fall in love with a white girl. I had always disapproved of intermarriage, considering it as above all things the very thing that a colored man could not even think about.

Your self image is so powerful, it unwittingly becomes your destiny.


Oscar Micheaux had a strong social conscience and indomitable spirit that we should all try to find in ourselves. –Charles Micheaux

Author: Charles Micheaux

Charles Micheaux is an orator & philosopher. Charles has been a professional speaker since September 9th 1997. His highest honor is receiving a personal letter from Rosa Parks for his work in Baltimore, Maryland. Charles was a contributor at Yahoo for three-years.

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