Lucile Clifton was an American poet and educator, famous for her works ‘My Black Me: A Beginning Book of Black Poetry’, ‘A Poem of Her Own: Voices of American Women Yesterday and Today’ and ‘Black Stars: African American Women Writers’. She worked as the poet laureate of Maryland for more than 6 years, and nominated twice for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Her main theme of writing was loosely based on the struggles and injustice faced by the African-American female community in the midst of Slavery in the United States. Clifton’s endless list of accolades includes Shelley Memorial Award, National Book Award for Poetry, the Charity Randall prize, the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review, and an Emmy Award. This writer also received grants and fellowships from esteemed institutions such as National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets. We have compiled her notable quotes and thoughts from her writings, articles, speeches etc. Here are some inspiring quotes and lines from this American icon.