"I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me." ~Muhammad Ali

Black Americans have demonstrated their allegiance and respect for America through decades of struggle and in justice.

Through the arts, literature, civil disobedience, athletics and civil service, African-Americans have come to embraced patriotism through both adversity and achievement.

Above are ten quotes from notable African-Americans, whose contributions to society have come to define America as we know it today.