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Civil Rights quotes by Sharon Bayliss
#1. His in-laws, Erastus and Eloise Oppenheimer, lived in Ezra, Texas, a town tucked so deep in the woods of East Texas that time, civil rights, and wireless Internet couldn't find it. #Quote by Sharon Bayliss
Civil Rights quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#2. The amazing aftermath of Birmingham, the sweeping Negro Revolution, revealed to people all over the land that there are no outsiders in all these fifty states of America. When a police dog buried his fangs in the ankle of a small child in Birmingham, he buried his fangs in the ankle of every American. The bell of man's inhumanity to man does not toll for any one man. It tolls for you, for me, for all of us. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Cleveland Sellers
#3. We cannot sit around and talk about the beloved community. #Quote by Cleveland Sellers
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#4. If you and Marcus were white, maybe the country is just as pissed as you are. But knowing that it's wrong doesn't make it any less true. #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Gail Collins
#5. How did I make a living? I haven't. I have eked out an existence. - Ella Baker #Quote by Gail Collins
Civil Rights quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#6. The words 'bad timing' came to be ghosts haunting our every move in Birmingham. Yet people who used this argument were ignorant of the background of our planning ... they did not realize that it was ridiculous to speak of timing when the clock of history showed that the Negro had already suffered one hundred years of delay. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Andrew Aydin
#7. Most students graduate from high school knowing nine words about the civil rights movement: Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and "I Have a Dream." And that's it! #Quote by Andrew Aydin
Civil Rights quotes by Joshua L. Liebman
#8. Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them. #Quote by Joshua L. Liebman
Civil Rights quotes by Thomas Perez
#9. It was a privilege to serve as the assistant attorney general for civil rights, a role that allowed me to enforce the Civil Rights Act and help make its promise a reality. #Quote by Thomas Perez
Civil Rights quotes by Peter Beinart
#10. I've heard people in the Middle East tell me that the most inspiring thing for them as people struggling against dictatorship in the Middle East is the memory of the civil rights movement. #Quote by Peter Beinart
Civil Rights quotes by John Ridley
#11. Gay marriage will be universally accepted in time. But if I may be so bold as to say to gays and lesbians, don't wait for that time to arrive. Just as my father and his generation did not 'wait' for their civil rights, nor should you. The toothpaste ain't going back in the tube. The tide has turned. #Quote by John Ridley
Civil Rights quotes by Mitch Kapor
#12. If you look at the history of other movements, whether Civil Rights or environmental rights, these are all decades-long undertakings. #Quote by Mitch Kapor
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#13. Every time our people take two steps forward, it seems that we take a step and a half backward. Things are changing for the better, but when you wear your difference on your face, when the color of your skin defines who you are to others, change doesn't come easy… #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Hamid Dabashi
#14. This is Not Another Revolution. This is a Civil Rights Movement #Quote by Hamid Dabashi
Civil Rights quotes by Rosa Parks
#15. We didn't have any civil rights. It was just a matter of survival, of existing from one day to the next. I remember going to sleep as a girl hearing the Klan ride at night and hearing a lynching and being afraid the house would burn down. #Quote by Rosa Parks
Civil Rights quotes by Marian Wright Edelman
#16. The civil-rights movement was completely impossible to achieve. But look at what ordinary people were able to do because they were willing to sacrifice their lives to stay with it. They didn't expect a political process to respond to them. They made the political process respond to them. To say "It's so bad I won't bother" is to give up on your children and give up on your future. #Quote by Marian Wright Edelman
Civil Rights quotes by Sam Harris
#17. I want those in what I call the regressive left who are reading this exchange to understand that the first stage in the empowerment of any minority community is the liberation of reformist voices within that community so that its members can take responsibility for themselves and overcome the first hurdle to genuine empowerment: the victimhood mentality. This is what the American civil rights movement achieved, by shifting the debate. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders took responsibility for their own communities and acted in a positive and empowering way, instead of constantly playing the victim card or rioting in the streets. Perpetuating this groupthink mind-set is both extremely dangerous and in fact disempowering. #Quote by Sam Harris
Civil Rights quotes by Bayard Rustin
#18. For generations the status quo has been based on violence, with the Negro as victim. A few whites have managed to be liberal without feeling a direct threat to their social position. Now, as the Negroes reach the stage where they make specific, if minimum, demands, a new and revolutionary situation has developed. There is little middle ground on which to maneuver and few compromises that are possible. For the first time, the white liberals are forced to stand for racial justice or to repudiate the liberal principles which they have always wanted to believe in. #Quote by Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights quotes by George Takei
#19. I marched back then - I was in a civil-rights musical, Fly Blackbird, and we met Martin Luther King. #Quote by George Takei
Civil Rights quotes by William P. Leahy
#20. One of the biggest issues that we face is that we have people who have their own particular concerns, whether it's on abortion, birth control, divorce and remarriage, civil rights or social justice. #Quote by William P. Leahy
Civil Rights quotes by Victoria Gray Adams
#21. If I was an exceptional human being in Detroit, then I saw no reason why I couldn't be an exceptional human being in Mississippi. In Hattiesburg. #Quote by Victoria Gray Adams
Civil Rights quotes by Moshe Katsav
#22. There are severe limitations on civil rights. In the international arena, Iran is turning into an isolated country, and the international community is becoming more hostile toward it. #Quote by Moshe Katsav
Civil Rights quotes by Malab, The Komorébi
#23. malcolm pimped

malcolm did fraud

malcolm stole

malcolm did so many things,

but that wasn't the end of the story

it doesn't have to end this way for you either

bc malcolm x spoke at oxford union,


&this was a man who didn't even go to university

university students were the audience to man who didn't finish high school

he stood where presidents

&prime ministers stood #Quote by Malab, The Komorébi
Civil Rights quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.
#24. Many white men fear retaliation. The job of the Negro is to show them that they have nothing to fear, that the Negro understands and forgives and is ready to forget the past. He must convince the white man that all he seeks is justice, for both himself and the white man. #Quote by Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Paul Farmer
#25. The human rights community has focused very narrowly on political and civil rights for many decades, and with reason, but now we have to ask how can we broaden the view. #Quote by Paul Farmer
Civil Rights quotes by Cesar Chavez
#26. When poor people get involved in a long conflict, such as a strike or a civil rights drive, and the pressure increases each day, there is a deep need for spiritual advice. Without it, we see families crumble, leadership weaken, and hard workers grow tired. #Quote by Cesar Chavez
Civil Rights quotes by Roy Blunt
#27. I explained to the president that I've been pleased with my conversations with the Attorney General and Civil Rights Division regarding their helpful understanding that they aren't taking over this investigation, but are conducting a parallel review of the events that led to Michael Brown's death. #Quote by Roy Blunt
Civil Rights quotes by Michelle Alexander
#28. History reveals that the seeds of the new system of control were planted well before the end of the Civil Rights Movement. A new race-neutral language was developed for appealing to old racist sentiments, a language accompanied by a political movement that succeeded in putting the vast majority of blacks back in their place. Proponents of racial hierarchy found they could install a new racial caste system without violating law or the new limits of acceptable political discourse, by demanding "law and order" rather than "segregation forever. #Quote by Michelle Alexander
Civil Rights quotes by A.E. Samaan
#29. History could not be any clearer: Rights given by fad and fashion are just as easily taken away. The Constitution matters. #Quote by A.E. Samaan
Civil Rights quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#30. Our wish is that ... [there be] maintained that state of property, equal or unequal, which results to every man from his own industry or that of his fathers. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Civil Rights quotes by Lyman Trumbull
#31. Each state, so that it does not abridge the great fundamental rights belonging, under the Constitution, to all citizens, may grant or withhold such civil rights as it pleases; all that is required is that, in this respect, its laws shall be impartial. #Quote by Lyman Trumbull
Civil Rights quotes by Edith Wharton
#32. Whether by this he meant the clergy I know not; though I observed he spoke favourably of that body in France, pointing out that, long before the recent agitations, they had defended the civil rights of the Third Estate, and citing many cases in which the country curates had shown themselves the truest friends of the people: a fact my own observation hath confirmed. I remarked to him that I was surprised to find how little talk there was in Italy of the distracted conditions in France; and this though the country is overrun with French refugees, or emigres, as they call themselves, who bring with them reports that might well excite the alarm of neighbouring governments. He said he had remarked the same indifference, but that this was consonant with the Italian character, which never looked to the morrow; and he added that the mild disposition of the people, and their profound respect for religion, were sufficient assurance against any political excess. To this I could not forbear #Quote by Edith Wharton
Civil Rights quotes by Mary Frances Berry
#33. Civil Rights opened the windows. When you open the windows, it does not mean that everybody will get through. We must create our own opportunities. #Quote by Mary Frances Berry
Civil Rights quotes by Ed King
#34. There was no miracle that night ... #Quote by Ed King
Civil Rights quotes by W. Reece Smith, Jr.
#35. We must remember that a right lost to one is lost to all. #Quote by W. Reece Smith, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Bruce L. Shelley
#36. Today's secular libertarians, who want to remove biblical religion from public life, have trouble making sense of the civil rights movement because it was so clearly a religiously inspired movement that entered the public arena and made a major difference in American life. #Quote by Bruce L. Shelley
Civil Rights quotes by Tom Cardamone
#37. The Stonewall riot may have been the start of a civil rights movement, but it was not the beginning of our history. #Quote by Tom Cardamone
Civil Rights quotes by Madonna Ciccone
#38. We've made so many advances in other areas - civil rights, gay rights - but ageism is still an area that's taboo and not talked about and dealt with. #Quote by Madonna Ciccone
Civil Rights quotes by Michelle Obama
#39. Education is the single-most important civil rights issue that we face today. #Quote by Michelle Obama
Civil Rights quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#40. First, the line of progress is never straight. For a period a movement may follow a straight line and then it encounters obstacles and the path bends. It is like curving around a mountain when you are approaching a city. Often if feels as though you were moving backwards, and you lose sight of your goal: but in fact you are moving ahead, and soon you will see the city again, closer by. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Niger Innis
#41. After the Civil War, when blacks fought along whites to secure freedom for all, southern states enacted Black Codes, laws that restricted the civil rights and liberties of blacks. Central to the enforcement of these laws were the stiff penalties for blacks possessing firearms. #Quote by Niger Innis
Civil Rights quotes by Evita Peron
#42. The nation's government has just handed me the bill that grants us our civil rights. I am receiving it before you, certain that I am accepting this on behalf of all Argentinean women, and I can feel my hands tremble with joy as they grasp the laurel proclaiming victory. #Quote by Evita Peron
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#43. A racist cop pulls over a black driver for little reason other than the fact that the driver is black and a recent robbery was committed by a couple of young black guys in a white community. The cop quickly realizes the driver is not one of the robbery suspects. He sees a man with a wife and two small children. They are not a couple of young punks. Still,he persists. Why?
"He asks to see the driver's license and registration. While locating the appropriate documents, the black driver respectfully volunteers that he is legally carrying a handgun. The cop panics - is it the image of a black man with a gun? He barks out conflicting orders and then shoots the man
to death, in front of his family. Why? "Is it because the cop is an insensitive racist? Maybe he wasn't trained or taught any better? Perhaps he lived a completely different life in a completely different world than that of the black man. In this cop's world, were all black men potential criminals, people to be watched, people to be feared? #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#44. A black woman challenging the system and taking on a white man - especially a white cop - is not going to have an easy time. #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Elizabeth I
#45. I would not open windows into men's souls. #Quote by Elizabeth I
Civil Rights quotes by Newt Gingrich
#46. NEA includes most bizarre & extreme misuse of tax funds. #Quote by Newt Gingrich
Civil Rights quotes by Samuel Adams
#47. Every one knows that the exercise of military power is forever dangerous to civil rights; and we have had recent instances of violences that have been offer'd to private subjects ... #Quote by Samuel Adams
Civil Rights quotes by Jonathan Lethem
#48. The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement, in the overwhelming virtue of diversity, these were our religion. My parents worshipped those ideals. #Quote by Jonathan Lethem
Civil Rights quotes by John R.W. Stott
#49. [Christian rebellion] arises from the doctrine of mankind made in the image of God, and therefore protests against all forms of dehumanization. It sets itself against the social injustices which insult God the Creator, seeks to protect human beings from oppression and longs to liberate them ... it protests against every authoritarian regime, whether of the left or of the right, which discriminates against minorities, denies people their civil rights, forbids the free expression of opinions or imprisons people for their views alone. #Quote by John R.W. Stott
Civil Rights quotes by Alan Keyes
#50. Preferential affirmative action patronizes American blacks, women, and others by presuming that they cannot succeed on their own. Preferential affirmative action does not advance civil rights in this country. #Quote by Alan Keyes
Civil Rights quotes by Kathryn Stockett
#51. We ain't doing civil rights here. We just telling stories like they really happen. #Quote by Kathryn Stockett
Civil Rights quotes by Erik Larson
#52. Even more systemic persecution was on the way, Messersmith wrote. He had learned that a draft existed of a new law that would effectively deprive Jews of their citizenship and all civil rights. Germany's Jews, he wrote, look upon this proposed law as the most serious moral blow which could be delivered to them. They have and are being deprived of practically all means of making a livelihood and understand that the new citizenship law is to practically deprive them of all civil rights. #Quote by Erik Larson
Civil Rights quotes by Ari Berman
#53. The unfortunate reality is that, even today, too many citizens have reason to fear that their right to vote, their access to the ballot--and their ability to have their votes counted--is under threat." --Eric Holder, quoted in Give Us the Ballot #Quote by Ari Berman
Civil Rights quotes by DaShanne Stokes
#54. When we hide racism under the guise of 'humor,' we insulate white racist privilege and make a mockery of civil rights. #Quote by DaShanne Stokes
Civil Rights quotes by Claudia Rankine
#55. If the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights movement made demands that altered the course of American lives and backed up those demands with the willingness to give up your life in service of your civil rights, with Black Lives Matter, a more internalized change is being asked for: recognition. #Quote by Claudia Rankine
Civil Rights quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#56. In the current struggle, there is one positive course of action. There is no alternative, for the alternative would connote a rear march ... #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Janet Napolitano
#57. We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not - nor will we ever - monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources. #Quote by Janet Napolitano
Civil Rights quotes by Ann Coulter
#58. Sean Penn claimed to be 'serv[ing] the country' by giving aid and comfort to an enemy about to be attacked by the US. He said it made him feel more patriotic to dissent from the war aims of his nation. It is at least a counterintuitive position. Most people would not instantly grasp how it is more patriotic to always root against America. White supremacists should try claiming that burning crosses is more supportive of civil rights than not burning them. #Quote by Ann Coulter
Civil Rights quotes by Stetson Kennedy
#59. There is more than one way to be Kluxed, and we need to think about ourselves and the kind of people we elect into public office. #Quote by Stetson Kennedy
Civil Rights quotes by Jean Genet
#60. Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun. #Quote by Jean Genet
Civil Rights quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#61. We are out to defeat injustice and not white persons who may be unjust. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Mari Carmen Ramirez
#62. It is interesting that both Chicano and Puerto Rican art in the United States form an important part of the Civil Rights legacy and dialog. #Quote by Mari Carmen Ramirez
Civil Rights quotes by Deborah L. Parker
#63. Plus I have no doubt that their garden is also where my grandparents dreamed - for a better life of equality for their grandchildren and future generations. As people rooted in their faith, they probably did a lot of praying here as well, that God would deliver us all to prosperity and peace beyond this plot of land. #Quote by Deborah L. Parker
Civil Rights quotes by Rush Limbaugh
#64. Apple is to the United States government what Clarence Thomas was to the civil rights coalition. How dare you get this big sidestepping us. #Quote by Rush Limbaugh
Civil Rights quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#65. The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by John Henrik Clarke
#66. The rise of African nations concurrent with the spread of the Nation of Islam and the civil rights movement gave black America a burst of pride over and above anything they had had since the decline of the movement of Marcus Garvey. #Quote by John Henrik Clarke
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#67. The cop's suspended with pay. With pay, Mama! My husband is dead, and his killer gets a paid vacation? What kind of justice is that? #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Bryan Stevenson
#68. Some folks in the office said I should explain in my complaint that I was a civil rights attorney working on police misconduct cases. It seemed to me that no one should need those kinds of credentials to complain about misconduct by police officers. #Quote by Bryan Stevenson
Civil Rights quotes by John Trudell
#69. We must go beyond the arrogance of human rights. We must go beyond the ignorance of civil rights. We must step into the reality of natural rights because all of the natural world has a right to existence and we are only a small part of it. There can be no trade-off. #Quote by John Trudell
Civil Rights quotes by Ron Brackin
#70. The problem with today's culture is that we have too many rights and not enough wrongs. #Quote by Ron Brackin
Civil Rights quotes by Ivan Allen
#71. A lot of things happened in a lot of places. And to see how well it was handled in Atlanta. There are a lot of reasons for Atlanta being a special town in the Civil Rights era. #Quote by Ivan Allen
Civil Rights quotes by Bayard Rustin
#72. It is, in short, the growing conviction that the Negroes cannot win - a conviction with much grounding in experience - which accounts for the new popularity of black power. So far as the ghetto Negro is concerned, this conviction expresses itself in hostility, first toward the people closest to him who have held out the most promise and failed to deliver (Martin Luther King, Roy Wilkins, etc.), then toward those who have proclaimed themselves his friends (the liberals and the labor movement), and finally toward the only oppressors he can see (the local storekeeper and the policeman on the corner). On the leadership level, the conviction that the Negroes cannot win takes other forms, principally the adoption of what I have called a "no-win" policy. Why bother with programs when their enactment results only in sham? Why concern ourselves with the image of the movement when nothing significant has been gained for all the sacrifices made by SNCC and CORE? Why compromise with reluctant white allies when nothing of consequence can be achieved anyway? Why indeed have anything to do with whites at all?

On this last point, it is extremely important for white liberals to understand what, one gathers from their references to "racism in reverse," the President and the Vice-President of the United States do not: that there is all the difference in the world between saying, "If you don't want me, I don't want you" (which is what some proponents of black power have in effect bee #Quote by Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights quotes by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
#73. Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list. #Quote by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Civil Rights quotes by John Lewis
#74. I believe in freedom of speech, but I also believe that we have an obligation to condemn speech that is racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, or hateful. #Quote by John Lewis
Civil Rights quotes by Tim Wise
#75. So let us be bold in our efforts and even bolder in our vision. Let us tell the story of an America becoming - of a nation breaking free from the limits of its own arrested development and transforming into the place we were told about in school but which never really existed as such. Just because that place has been a cruel and taunting mirage for so long does not mean we cannot mold it into a reality. As the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) - one of the premier civil rights groups of our nation's history - used to say, Come, let us build a new world together. #Quote by Tim Wise
Civil Rights quotes by Jon Ronson
#76. Judge Ted Poe's critics - like the civil rights group the ACLU - argued to him the dangers of these ostentatious punishments, especially those that were carried out in public. They said it was no coincidence that public shaming had enjoyed such a renaissance in Mao's China and Hitler's Germany and the Ku Klux Klan's America - it destroys souls, brutalizing everyone, the onlookers included, dehumanizing them as much as the person being shamed. #Quote by Jon Ronson
Civil Rights quotes by Augusta Scattergood
#77. I walked straight to the library. Mrs. Bloom, the librarian, always knows everything. #Quote by Augusta Scattergood
Civil Rights quotes by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
#78. At some point, sisters began to talk about how unseen they have felt. How the media has focused on men, but it has been them - the sisters - who were there. They were there, in overwhelming numbers, just as they were during the civil rights movement.

Women - all women, trans women - are roughly 80% of the people who were staring down the terror of Ferguson, saying "we are the caretakers of this community". Is it women who are out there, often with their children, calling for an end to police violence, saying "we have a right to raise our children without fear".

But it is not women's courage that is showcased in the media. One sister says "when the police move in we do not run, we stay. And for this, we deserve recognition". Their words will live with us, will live in us, as Ferguson begins to unfold and as the national attention begins to really focus on what Alicia, Opal and I have started.

The first time there's coverage of Black Lives Matter in a way that is positive is on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. She does not invite us - it isn't intentional, I'm certain of that. And about a year later she does, but in this early moment, and despite the overwhelming knowledge of the people on the ground who are talking about what Alicia, Opal and I have done, and despite of it being part of the historical record, that it is always women who do the work even as men get the praise. It takes a long time for us to occur to most reporters and the mains #Quote by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Civil Rights quotes by Susan Richards Shreve
#79. Now. 1973. Exactly." He tipped back in his chair, his arms folded across his chest. "So much changed in the sixties, the war, the rights of women, civil rights, the vote, protest against the war. On and on. I was getting my Ph.D. in Chicago and you were in college but that time was upheaval with a purpose. Now we've drawn back into our shells, wondering what we have done and what do we believe.? And is there any purpose to our lives? #Quote by Susan Richards Shreve
Civil Rights quotes by James Meredith
#80. Nothing could be more insulting to me than the concept of civil rights. It means perpetual second-class citizenship for me and my kind. #Quote by James Meredith
Civil Rights quotes by Jeanne Theoharis
#81. When asked what gave her the strength and commitment to refuse segregation, (Rosa) Parks credited her mother and grandfather for giving me the spirit of freedom ... that I should not feel because of my race or color, inferior to any person. That I should do my very best to be a respectable person, to respect myself, to expect respect from others. #Quote by Jeanne Theoharis
Civil Rights quotes by Ronald Reagan
#82. I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary. #Quote by Ronald Reagan
Civil Rights quotes by Anne Lamott
#83. I was raised with no religious training or influence. Except the influence was to be a moral and ethical person at the secular level. And to be a peace marcher, an activist for civil rights, peace and justice. #Quote by Anne Lamott
Civil Rights quotes by Gordon W. Allport
#84. Given a thimbleful of [dramatic] facts we rush to make generalizations as large as a tub. #Quote by Gordon W. Allport
Civil Rights quotes by Dick Durbin
#85. We want to make certain that every American who stood in silent tribute to Rosa Parks hopes that the Sepreme Court Judge will break silence and speak out clearly for the civil rights that define our unity as a nation. #Quote by Dick Durbin
Civil Rights quotes by Ludwig Von Mises
#86. Nothing, however, is as ill founded as the assertion of the alleged equality of all members of the human race. #Quote by Ludwig Von Mises
Civil Rights quotes by Beto O'Rourke
#87. The freedoms that we have were purchased not just by those in uniform - and they definitely were - but also by those who took their lives into their hands, riding those Greyhound buses - the Freedom Riders, in the deep south, in the 1960s, who knew full well that they would be arrested, and they were, serving time, in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Rosa Parks, getting from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Peaceful, nonviolent protest. #Quote by Beto O'Rourke
Civil Rights quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#88. The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exlusions, and incapacitations are removed. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Civil Rights quotes by Eli Broad
#89. Public education is the key civil rights issue of the 21st century. Our nation's knowledge-based economy demands that we provide young people from all backgrounds and circumstances with the education and skills necessary to become knowledge workers. If we don't, we run the risk of creating an even larger gap between the middle class and the poor. This gap threatens our democracy, our society and the economic future of America. #Quote by Eli Broad
Civil Rights quotes by Henry Louis Gates
#90. The most ironic outcome of the black Civil Rights movement has been the creation of a new black middle class which is increasingly separate from the black underclass. #Quote by Henry Louis Gates
Civil Rights quotes by Glenn Beck
#91. It is no longer enough to just be a good person. We must work to be the next Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King. It is noble to strive to be the size of the bronze giant they dedicated this morning in the building behind me. Fredrick Douglas' time was in the 1800; King's time has passed. This is our time. This is the next long march toward civil rights and we shall overcome. #Quote by Glenn Beck
Civil Rights quotes by Bill Drayton
#92. In 1962, when I was 19, I visited India. With introductions from people involved in the U.S. civil rights movement, I was able to visit with several of the leading Gandhians there. The hundred-to-one difference in average per capita income between America and India at the time was a stark reality for the people who became my friends there. #Quote by Bill Drayton
Civil Rights quotes by L. Ron Hubbard
#93. In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind, because by abusing those rights he brings into being arduous and strenuous laws which are oppressive to those who need no such restraints. #Quote by L. Ron Hubbard
Civil Rights quotes by Bell Hooks
#94. The greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic. #Quote by Bell Hooks
Civil Rights quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#95. My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
#96. In a typical history book, black Americans are mentioned in the context of slavery or civil rights. There's so much more to the story. #Quote by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Civil Rights quotes by Amelia Boynton Robinson
#97. I was brought up by people who loved others. I love people. We had no animosity. We had no feeling that we hate anyone. #Quote by Amelia Boynton Robinson
Civil Rights quotes by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
#98. It is to law alone that men owe justice and liberty. It is this salutary organ, of the will of all which establishes in civil rights the natural equality between men. It is this celestial voice which dictates to each citizen the precepts of public reason, and teaches him to act according to the rules of his own judgment and not to behave inconsistently with himself. It is with this voice alone that political leaders should speak when. they command. #Quote by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Civil Rights quotes by Junius Williams
#99. There was an aura about King that was unforgettable. I seem him now in my mind's eye: collected, peaceful, calm. He was in his element and totally in command of himself and the situation. #Quote by Junius Williams
Civil Rights quotes by Angelina Grimke
#100. The investigation of the rights of the slave has led me to a better understanding of my own. I have found the anti-slavery cause to be ... the school in which human rights are more fully investigated and better understood and taught than in any other. #Quote by Angelina Grimke
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#101. Mrs. Hayes has instructed me to file a police misconduct and civil rights wrongful death lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court against the officer who murdered her husband and against the city and police department that hired and trained this officer and turned him loose on an unsuspecting public."
"May I quote you on that?" Jillian is eager for a scoop.
"Absolutely. Police brutality is a heinous act. Police officers work in service to the public. The public should be able to rely on that service and the preservation of their safety. The public should expect that police officer functions and services are even-handed, fair, and appropriate, applied the same way for all citizens, regardless of race, creed, color, or national origin. #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Deborah Wiles
#102. Sometimes it's best to do what feels safe, and sometimes it's better to do what you know is right, even though the cost may be high. #Quote by Deborah Wiles
Civil Rights quotes by Nina Simone
#103. It is an artist's duty to reflect the times. #Quote by Nina Simone
Civil Rights quotes by Dick Gregory
#104. Civil Rights: What black folks are given in the U.S. on the installment plan, as in civil-rights bills. Not to be confused with human rights, which are the dignity, stature, humanity, respect, and freedom belonging to all people by right of their birth. #Quote by Dick Gregory
Civil Rights quotes by James Madison
#105. The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed. #Quote by James Madison
Civil Rights quotes by Matt Taibbi
#106. Yes, let's build a wall, but let's do it to help African-Americans! It's alt-right meets Civil Rights! The best crossover hit since "Walk This Way"! #Quote by Matt Taibbi
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#107. Understanding, celebrating, and teaching our First Amendment rights are our true tickets to understanding the fundamental freedoms that make this country great. A great leader realizes that he or she represents both the flag wavers and the flag burners. #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Brink Lindsey
#108. American capitalism is derided for its superficial banality, yet it has unleashed profound, convulsive social change. Condemned as mindless materialism, it has burst loose a flood tide of spiritual yearning. The civil rights movement and the sexual revolution, environmentalism and feminism, the fitness and health-care boom and the opening of the gay closet, the withering of censorship and the rise of a "creative class" of "knowledge workers" – all are the progeny of widespread prosperity. #Quote by Brink Lindsey
Civil Rights quotes by Malcolm X
#109. A man with a rifle or a club can only be stopped by a person who defends himself with a rifle or a club. That's equality. If the United States government doesn't want you and me to have rifles, then take the rifles away from those racists.
If they don't want you and me to use clubs, take the clubs away from the racists. If they don't want you and me to get violent, then stop the racists from being violent. Don't teach us non-violence!!! #Quote by Malcolm X
Civil Rights quotes by Elijah Cummings
#110. It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death. #Quote by Elijah Cummings
Civil Rights quotes by Thomas Sowell
#111. If we wanted to be serious about evidence, we might compare where blacks stood a hundred years after the end of slavery with where they stood after 30 years of the liberal welfare state. In other words, we could compare hard evidence on "the legacy of slavery" with hard evidence on the legacy of liberals.

Despite the grand myth that black economic progress began or accelerated with the passage of the civil rights laws and "war on poverty" programs of the 1960s, the cold fact is that the poverty rate among blacks fell from 87 percent in 1940 to 47 percent by 1960. This was before any of those programs began.

Over the next 20 years, the poverty rate among blacks fell another 18 percentage points, compared to the 40-point drop in the previous 20 years. This was the continuation of a previous economic trend, at a slower rate of progress, not the economic grand deliverance proclaimed by liberals and self-serving black "leaders."

Nearly a hundred years of the supposed "legacy of slavery" found most black children [78%] being raised in two-parent families in 1960. But thirty years after the liberal welfare state found the great majority of black children being raised by a single parent [66%]. Public housing projects in the first half of the 20th century were clean, safe places, where people slept outside on hot summer nights, when they were too poor to afford air conditioning. That was before admissions standards for public housing projects were lowe #Quote by Thomas Sowell
Civil Rights quotes by Anthony Jeselnik
#112. My great grandmother threw herself in front of a bus. The police tried to say she was committed suicide but the family knew she was just trying to stop civil rights. #Quote by Anthony Jeselnik
Civil Rights quotes by Joe Biden
#113. There's good reason to be excited. You have the first woman running who is qualified, and a very attractive African-American who has demonstrated crossover appeal. I got involved in politics 40 years ago during the civil rights movement, so yes, it's an exciting thing. #Quote by Joe Biden
Civil Rights quotes by John Lewis
#114. When I speak to students about the Civil Rights Movement, I say that it is impossible to stop a determined movement that is captivating the American consciousness. I think the candidacy of Sen. Obama represents the beginning of a new movement in American political history that began in the hearts and minds of the people of this nation. And I want to be on the side of the people, on the side of the spirit of history. #Quote by John Lewis
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#115. Can you imagine sitting in the passenger seat and back seat of a car and watching a cop shoot and kill your husband and father? #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Rand Paul
#116. Let me be clear: I support the Civil Rights Act because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation, which was to stop discrimination in the public sphere and halt the abhorrent practice of segregation and Jim Crow laws. #Quote by Rand Paul
Civil Rights quotes by Augusta Scattergood
#117. She wore heavy sandals, with socks. No kid in the entire state of Mississippi wore black socks in the summer. Shoot, if I wasn't standing smack-dab in the middle of the library, I wouldn't be wearing shoes. #Quote by Augusta Scattergood
Civil Rights quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
#118. Rakitin doesn't understand it, all he wants is to build his house and rent out rooms ... Life is simple for Rakitin: 'You'd do better to worry about extending mans civil rights,' he told me today, 'or at least about not letting the price of beef go up; you'd render your love for mankind more simply and directly that way than with any philosophies.' But I came back at him: 'And without God,' I said, 'you'll hike up the price of beef yourself, if the chance comes your way, and make a rouble on every kopeck. #Quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Civil Rights quotes by Thomas Sowell
#119. Many Americans who supported the initial thrust of civil rights, as represented by the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later felt betrayed as the original concept of equal individual opportunity evolved toward the concept of equal group results. #Quote by Thomas Sowell
Civil Rights quotes by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
#120. The liberal psyche wants to protect minorities, to apologize for imperialism, colonialism, slavery, and the appalling treatment of black people during the civil rights movement. At the same time, they want to continue to defend the rights of individuals. #Quote by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Civil Rights quotes by Leonard Peltier
#121. According to court records, during the siege at Wounded Knee, more than two hundred and fifty thousand rounds were fired at our people by U.S. marshalls, FBI agents, the tribal police, the GOONs, and white vigilantes. These boys weren't kidding. And neither were we. #Quote by Leonard Peltier
Civil Rights quotes by Dan Wakefield
#122. I wrote a great deal about the Civil Rights Movement when I was writing for 'The Nation' in the '60s, and also for Esquire magazine. Reading the biography of Coffin, it just reminded me that in those days, when you saw the term 'Christian,' it usually meant people for civil rights and for justice. #Quote by Dan Wakefield
Civil Rights quotes by George Takei
#123. I was doing a civil rights musical here in Los Angeles, and we sang at one of the rallies where Dr. Martin Luther King spoke, and I remember the thrill I felt when we were introduced to him. To have him shake your hand was an absolutely unforgettable experience. #Quote by George Takei
Civil Rights quotes by Ken Wilber
#124. Sometime the witch hunting takes on atrocious dimensions - the Nazi persecution of Jews, the Salem witch trials, the Ku Klux Klan scapegoating of blacks. Notice, however, that in all such cases the persecutor hates the persecuted for precisely those traits that the persecutor displays with a glaringly uncivilized fury. At other times, the witch hunt appears in less terrifying proportions - the cold war fear of a "Commie under every bed," for instance. And often, it appears in comic form - the interminable gossip about everybody else that tells you much more about the gossiper than about the object of gossip. But all of these are instances of individuals desperate to prove that their own shadows belong to other people.

Many men and women will launch into tirades about how disgusting homosexuals are. Despite how decent and rational they otherwise try to behave, they find themselves seized with a loathing of any homosexual, and in an emotional outrage will advocate such things as suspending gay civil rights (or worse). But why does such an individual hate homosexuals so passionately? Oddly, he doesn't hate the homosexual because he is homosexual; he hates him because he sees in the homosexual what he secretly fears he himself might become. He is most uncomfortable with his own natural, unavoidable, but minor homosexual tendencies, and so projects them. He thus comes to hate the homosexual inclinations in other people - but only because he first hates them in himself #Quote by Ken Wilber
Civil Rights quotes by Rupert Friend
#125. Until civil rights are enjoyed by all of us, we're simply not civilized. #Quote by Rupert Friend
Civil Rights quotes by Lyndon B. Johnson
#126. These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don't move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there'll be no way of stopping them, we'll lose the filibuster and there'll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It'll be Reconstruction all over again. [Said to Senator Richard Russell, Jr. (D-GA) regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1957] #Quote by Lyndon B. Johnson
Civil Rights quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#127. Legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Civil Rights quotes by Chris Hedges
#128. A group trying to curtail the civil rights of gays and lesbians portrays itself, in this rhetorical twist, as victims of an effort to curtail the civil rights of Christians. One #Quote by Chris Hedges
Civil Rights quotes by Jackie Robinson
#129. The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time. #Quote by Jackie Robinson
Civil Rights quotes by Al Sharpton
#130. The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community. We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on Civil Rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most. #Quote by Al Sharpton
Civil Rights quotes by Questlove
#131. I was born at a very crucial time. I consider 1968 to be the Mason Dixon line between pre- and post-civil rights generation ideas, whereas a lot of people born before '68 they kind of went into that Moses mentality. Like, I'm not going to make it, you know, I don't have any hope. #Quote by Questlove
Civil Rights quotes by A.E. Samaan
#132. Segregation in the American South was bankrolled by the wealthy eugenicist from the Northeast, Wickliffe Draper. #Quote by A.E. Samaan
Civil Rights quotes by John             Lewis
#133. Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America. #Quote by John Lewis
Civil Rights quotes by Bob Casey, Jr.
#134. After much deliberation, and after reviewing the legal, public policy and civil-rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that DOMA should be repealed. #Quote by Bob Casey, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Douglas A. Blackmon
#135. In every aspect and among almost every demographic, how American society digested and processed the long, dark chapter between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the civil rights movement has been delusion. #Quote by Douglas A. Blackmon
Civil Rights quotes by Rafael Cruz
#136. Everything African-Americans - every freedom they have obtained - came from Republicans, not Democrats. All the way back to the Emancipation Proclamation, to the Civil Rights movement. Civil Rights legislation was passed by a Republican Congress. #Quote by Rafael Cruz
Civil Rights quotes by Nick Kotz
#137. Even as he took firm and reassuring command of the federal government, Johnson began to recast the civil rights struggle from a legal question to a ringing moral issue.* With a credibility that no northerner could claim, Johnson took his case for equal rights directly to the South. #Quote by Nick Kotz
Civil Rights quotes by James Baldwin
#138. It must be remembered that in those great days I was considered to be an "integrationist" - this was never, quite, my own idea of myself - and Malcolm was considered to be a "racist in reverse." This formulation, in terms of power - and power is the arena in which racism is acted out - means absolutely nothing: it may even be described as a cowardly formulation. The powerless, by definition, can never be "racists," for they can never make the world pay for what they feel or fear except by the suicidal endeavor which makes them fanatics or revolutionaries, or both. #Quote by James Baldwin
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#139. We aren't asking for any more rights than anyone else in this country. We're not trying to take anything or anyone's rights away. We're not looking for a handout unless it is a handout in friendship. #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Carol  Anderson
#140. The second key maneuver, which flowed naturally from the first, was to redefine racism itself. Confronted with civil rights headlines depicting unflattering portrayals of KKK rallies and jackbooted sheriffs, white authority transformed those damning images of white supremacy into the sole definition of racism. This simple but wickedly brilliant conceptual and linguistic shift served multiple purposes. First and foremost, it was conscience soothing. The whittling down of racism to sheet-wearing goons allowed a cloud of racial innocence to cover many whites who, although 'resentful of black progress' and determined to ensure that racial inequality remained untouched, could see and project themselves as the 'kind of upstanding white citizen(s)' who were 'positively outraged at the tactics of the Ku Klux Klan". The focus on the Klan also helped to designate racism as an individual aberration rather than something systemic, institutional and pervasive. #Quote by Carol Anderson
Civil Rights quotes by Paul Solman
#141. Having gone through the civil rights struggle, having gone through the anti-Vietnam War struggle, by the time I was in my 20s, I had something that the current generation doesnt have. And that is a sense of efficacy. #Quote by Paul Solman
Civil Rights quotes by Billy Graham
#142. Martin Luther King (Jr.) during the civil rights movement used to exclaim that he looked forward to heaven where he would be "Free at last." That is the inscription on his tomb in Atlanta. #Quote by Billy Graham
Civil Rights quotes by Joe Biden
#143. My rights are not derived from any government. My rights are not denied by any majority. My rights are because I exist. #Quote by Joe Biden
Civil Rights quotes by Arne Duncan
#144. Education is the civil rights issue of our generation. #Quote by Arne Duncan
Civil Rights quotes by Malcolm X
#145. When you expand the civil-rights struggle to the level of human rights, you can then take the case of the black man in this country before the nations in the UN. You can take it before the General Assembly. You can take Uncle Sam before a world court. But the only level you can do it on is the level of human rights. Civil rights keeps you under his restrictions, under his jurisdiction. Civil rights keeps you in his pocket. #Quote by Malcolm X
Civil Rights quotes by Natasha Trethewey
#146. Growing up, my birthday was always Confederate Memorial Day. It helped to create this profound sense of awareness about the Civil War and the 100 years between the Civil War and the civil rights movement and my parents' then-illegal and interracial marriage. #Quote by Natasha Trethewey
Civil Rights quotes by Joe Biden
#147. During the 60's, I was, in fact, very concerned about the civil rights movement. #Quote by Joe Biden
Civil Rights quotes by Thor Benson
#148. There is no such thing as free speech for some. You either have free speech for everyone or you don't have free speech at all. #Quote by Thor Benson
Civil Rights quotes by Marian Wright Edelman
#149. It was very clear to me in 1965, in Mississippi, that, as a lawyer, I could get people into schools, desegregate the schools, but if they were kicked off the plantations - and if they didn't have food, didn't have jobs, didn't have health care, didn't have the means to exercise those civil rights, we were not going to have success. #Quote by Marian Wright Edelman
Civil Rights quotes by Isaac Hayes
#150. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices. #Quote by Isaac Hayes
Civil Rights quotes by Mike Davis, John Wiener
#151. Malcolm spent much of May speaking to large crowds at church meetings and Sunday rallies, repeatedly emphasizing that the Muslims were not at war with the police, but rather that the police were at war with the Black community as a whole. #Quote by Mike Davis, John Wiener
Civil Rights quotes by Alan Autry
#152. I do not believe that defending traditional marriage between one man and one woman excludes anybody or usurps anybody's civil rights and denies anybody their civil rights. #Quote by Alan Autry
Civil Rights quotes by Joe Baca
#153. It is an honor to be awarded with such a high rating from an organization as well respected as the NAACP. I am pleased that the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation, has recognized my voting record. #Quote by Joe Baca
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#154. Can a black man get justice in a sea of white? #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by James Lenhart
#155. Health is a human necessity; health is a human right #Quote by James Lenhart
Civil Rights quotes by Chuck Woolery
#156. We were born with natural rights. We don't need civil rights. [African-Americans] don't need civil rights. They don't need them. They have inalienable rights granted by God in the Constitution. I mean, I'm discriminated against all the time. I don't care. It doesn't bother me. [I'm discriminated against] because I'm old. I'm too old to get a job as a game show host. They say, well, the guy's 71 and in five years he'll be 76. And I'm a one per center, and I'm absolutely discriminated against as a one per center. #Quote by Chuck Woolery
Civil Rights quotes by Eustace Mullins
#157. Thus these three amendments to the Constitution [13th, 14th, 15th] were ratified while the ten Southern states were under martial law, and "had no law at all." The Force Acts, the four Reconstruction Acts, and the Civil Rights Act were all passed by Congress while the Southern states were not allowed to hold free elections, and all voters were under close supervision by federal troops. Even Soviet Russia has never staged such mockeries of the election procedures. #Quote by Eustace Mullins
Civil Rights quotes by Rush Limbaugh
#158. Young people have this almost romantic attachment to civil rights, liberties, emancipating people from oppression, etc. The idea that such oppression exists in this country offends me, but it's able to be pushed and sold because education in this country is so woefully incompetent and inept. #Quote by Rush Limbaugh
Civil Rights quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#159. Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Amelia Boynton Robinson
#160. I wasn't looking for notoriety [when we marched]. But if that's what it took [to get attention], I didn't care how many licks I got. It just made me even more determined to fight for our cause. #Quote by Amelia Boynton Robinson
Civil Rights quotes by Russell Simmons
#161. Well, it's the last step of the civil rights movement: You know, wrap your hands around some money, right? #Quote by Russell Simmons
Civil Rights quotes by Roy Wilkins
#162. Slowly we have lifeted ourselves by our own bootstraps. Step by halting step, we have beat our way back #Quote by Roy Wilkins
Civil Rights quotes by Tupac Shakur
#163. You reached your level, you don't want any more. We asked ten years ago, we were askin' with the Panthers, we were askin' in the Civil Rights Movement. Now those who were askin' are all dead or in jail, wo what are we gonna do? And we shouldn't be angry!? #Quote by Tupac Shakur
Civil Rights quotes by Jesse Helms
#164. This bill attempts to make sure that President Clinton is not allowed to do by Executive Order what Congress has declined to enact in the past two congressional sessions namely, to treat homosexuals as a special class protected under various titles of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. #Quote by Jesse Helms
Civil Rights quotes by Studs Terkel
#165. I wanted to be accepted. It must have been in sixth grade. It was just before the Fourth of July. They were trying out students for this patriotic play. I wanted to do Abe Lincoln, so I learned the Gettysburg Address inside and out. I'd be out in the fields pickin' the crops and I'd be memorizin'. I was the only one who didn't have to read the part, 'cause I learned it. The part was given to a girl who was a grower's daughter. She had to read it out of a book, but they said she had better diction. I was very disappointed. I quit about eighth grade. Any time anybody'd talk to me about politics, about civil rights, I would ignore it. It's a very degrading thing because you can't express yourself. They wanted us to speak English in the school classes. We'd put out a real effort. I would get into a lot of fights because I spoke Spanish and they couldn't understand it. I was punished. I was kept after school for not speaking English. #Quote by Studs Terkel
Civil Rights quotes by Lynda Bird Johnson Robb
#166. I would have to say all of the civil rights acts, because there were three, and even, say, the Immigration Act, which I think also is a civil rights act, maybe on a global perspective, that he cared very, very much about it. #Quote by Lynda Bird Johnson Robb
Civil Rights quotes by James Robenalt
#167. This, then, is the legacy of January 1973. The "me generation" found its voice, religion became a political force, poverty and civil rights became someone else's problem, and the national will for concerted action for the common good of all its citizens was scattered into "a thousand points of light."

At some point, perhaps those scattered lights will re-form and reunite to give birth to a rededicated nation, one that includes a place for everyone, opportunity for all, and help for those who need it. After all, it only takes a moment in time and some simultaneity. As Lyndon Johnson so aptly observed in his greatest speech - the "We Shall Overcome" speech - there are times in America when "history and fate meet at a single time in a single space to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom."

Let us hop such a time is nearing. #Quote by James Robenalt
Civil Rights quotes by Angie Thomas
#168. This is about Us, with a capital U; everybody who looks like us, feels like us, and is experiencing this pain with us. #Quote by Angie Thomas
Civil Rights quotes by Cleveland Sellers
#169. We wanted black power to be all things to all people. #Quote by Cleveland Sellers
Civil Rights quotes by Bernice Johnson Reagon
#170. At the same time all this was happening, there was a folk song revival movement goingon, so the commercial music industry was actually changed by the Civil Rights Movement. #Quote by Bernice Johnson Reagon
Civil Rights quotes by Bo Burnham
#171. I don't like calling myself a "feminist" only because I don't think I've done anything active enough to call myself one. It'd be like calling myself a civil rights activist just because I'm not racist. #Quote by Bo Burnham
Civil Rights quotes by Carol Moseley Braun
#172. The really important victory of the civil rights movement was that it made racism unpopular, whereas a generation ago at the turn of the last century, you had to embrace racism to get elected to anything. #Quote by Carol Moseley Braun
Civil Rights quotes by Robert Kennedy
#173. We must continue to prove to the world that we can provide a rising standard of living for all men without loss of civil rights or human dignity to any man. #Quote by Robert Kennedy
Civil Rights quotes by Ralph Ellison
#174. And all Negroes at some period of their lives there is that yearning for a sense of group unity that is the yearning of men for a flag: for a unity that cannot be compromised, that cannot be bought; that is conscious of itself, of its strength, that is militant. #Quote by Ralph Ellison
Civil Rights quotes by Ben Mattlin
#175. widespread. Some states go so far as to forcibly sterilize people with certain disabilities. Some prohibit marriage for the genetically disabled, for fear of procreating hereditary conditions like mine. Visibly disabled people are actually barred from appearing in public in cities such as Columbus, Ohio - Dad's hometown - until 1972, and Chicago until 1974, under what are collectively called the "ugly" laws because they target anyone perceived as unattractive, for being a disturbance of the peace. The movement to change all this and more is rising in discrete pockets all over, inspired by Black civil rights. Closer to #Quote by Ben Mattlin
Civil Rights quotes by John F. Kennedy
#176. The Civil Rights movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He's helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln. #Quote by John F. Kennedy
Civil Rights quotes by James Hansen
#177. Jail threats did not dissuade Martin Luther King - and intergenerational justice is a moral issue of comparable magnitude to civil rights. #Quote by James Hansen
Civil Rights quotes by John Kenneth Galbraith
#178. Under the privilege of the First Amendment many, many ridiculous things are said. #Quote by John Kenneth Galbraith
Civil Rights quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#179. Every man is under the natural duty of contributing to the necessities of the society; and this is all the laws should enforce on him. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Civil Rights quotes by Ezekiel Emanuel
#180. In the time when my mother began standing up against prejudice and racism, the vast majority of white Americans rarely thought about civil rights. #Quote by Ezekiel Emanuel
Civil Rights quotes by Susana Martinez
#181. We call on the Senate to reject any judicial nominee who does not affirm fundamental civil rights, including a woman's right [to obtain an abortion on demand]. The threat an [pro-life] judiciary poses to women's lives demands nothing less. #Quote by Susana Martinez
Civil Rights quotes by Darnell Lamont Walker
#182. What if racism is so perfect, it made you believe the boycotting and peaceful protests of the civil rights movement actually changed policies, but in actuality policies were gonna change anyway.
"Hell, let them sit whereever they want on the bus. Just don't sit with them. Let them into our schools, the teachers will still teach from a eurocentric curriculum anyway. Let them eat with us, they'll need the energy and strength to build our homes."
Racism is a perfect system with an impenetrable barrier. #Quote by Darnell Lamont Walker
Civil Rights quotes by Mark M. Bello
#183. Can a black man succeed today beyond his wildest imagination? Can he experience the so-called American dream? Sure he can! He can overcome bigotry and societal views and ideas that stand in his way. But that doesn't mean that he, unlike his white counterpart, doesn't have to rise above adverse societal views and bigotry. . . #Quote by Mark M. Bello
Civil Rights quotes by Vint Cerf
#184. The Internet has introduced an enormously accessible and egalitarian platform for creating, sharing and obtaining information on a global scale. As a result, we have new ways to allow people to exercise their human and civil rights. #Quote by Vint Cerf
Civil Rights quotes by Sammy Davis Jr.
#185. The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody. #Quote by Sammy Davis Jr.
Civil Rights quotes by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
#186. The basic fact is that for the person without civil rights, death is always present in the background, forever dancing, each second of the day, before his eyes. #Quote by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Civil Rights quotes by Danielle L. McGuire
#187. Often ignored by civil rights historians, a number of campaigns led to trials and even convictions throughout the South. These cases, many virtually unknown, broke with Southern tradition and fractured the philosophical and political foundations of white supremacy by challenging the relationship between sexual domination and racial equality. #Quote by Danielle L. McGuire
Civil Rights quotes by Janine Di Giovanni
#188. My earliest memories are of the civil rights era. My earliest experiences were rage. #Quote by Janine Di Giovanni
Civil Rights quotes by Booker T. Washington
#189. I knew that, in a large degree, we were trying an experiment
that of testing whether or not it was possible for Negroes to build up and control the affairs of a large education institution. I knew that if we failed it wold injure the whole race. #Quote by Booker T. Washington
Civil Rights quotes by Deborah Wiles
#190. This is how it works. Everything is connected. Every choice matters. Every person is vital, and valuable, and worthy of respect. #Quote by Deborah Wiles
Civil Rights quotes by Charles B. Rangel
#191. The Klan had used fear, intimidation and murder to brutally oppress over African-Americans who sought justice and equality and it sought to respond to the young workers of the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the same way. #Quote by Charles B. Rangel
Civil Rights quotes by Hector Tobar
#192. I think even a hero is someone who has sort of the flaw or imperfection of character. I remember Alice Walker saying that once - she'd written a novel about a civil rights hero, and it was someone who had this flaw, this central flaw. #Quote by Hector Tobar
Civil Rights quotes by Glenn Beck
#193. Let me go over this again on the reclaiming the civil rights movement. People of faith that believe that you have an equal right to justice - that is the essence. And if it's not the essence, then we've been sold a pack of lies. The essence is everyone deserves a shot - the content of character, not the color of skin. #Quote by Glenn Beck
Civil Rights quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#194. Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke's argument. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Civil Rights quotes by Matthew S. Williams
#195. Just think of what it's going to be like, the entire worlds run by three Executive Officer's, deciding who gets to settle where- when every settled place is slaved to meeting Earth's agenda. I've seen it already, Captain, so have you. You have been to the colonies and seen how they do everything to meet their contractual obligations. It's like every vestige of civil rights has been stripped away. #Quote by Matthew S. Williams
Civil Rights quotes by Henry David Thoreau
#196. In 1694 a law was passed "that every settler who deserted a town for fear of the Indians should forfeit all his rights therein." But now, at any rate, as I have frequently observed, a man may desert the fertile frontier territories of truth and justice, which are the State's best lands, for fear of far more insignificant foes, without forfeiting any of his civil rights therein. Nay, townships are granted to deserters, and the General Court, as I am sometimes inclined to regard it, is but a deserters' camp itself. #Quote by Henry David Thoreau
Civil Rights quotes by Mike Huckabee
#197. When people are breaking the law, they don't get an invitation to the White House. They ought to be getting an invitation to the big house ... This is just an anathema to everything that the civil rights movement was truly all about and what it accomplished. #Quote by Mike Huckabee
Civil Rights quotes by Michael Moore
#198. When the women's liberation movement began, when people began protesting against the Vietnam War, civil rights movement, at the beginning of those movements, the majority of the country was not with them, did not believe in the basic principles of any of those philosophies. #Quote by Michael Moore
Civil Rights quotes by Deval Patrick
#199. I've fixed hard problems of all kinds, civil rights and business problems. It's the stuff I like to do, and I'm good at it, as a matter of fact ... and I never left my conscience at the door. #Quote by Deval Patrick
Civil Rights quotes by John Green
#200. God bless mood equalizers. and all moods are created equal. i am the fucking civil rights movement of moods #Quote by John Green
Civil Rights quotes by Nelson Mandela
#201. Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.
[ Live 8 Concert, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 July 2005] #Quote by Nelson Mandela
Civil Rights quotes by Clive Davis
#202. In this age when people expect to get their music for free, we have to work out how we can protect the rights of creative artists so they are compensated fairly and that the record business itself remains sound and healthy. #Quote by Clive Davis
Civil Rights quotes by J.C. Phillips
#203. A number of laws that are said to protect citizens harkens back to "Jim Crow" era. #Quote by J.C. Phillips
Civil Rights quotes by Arlene Dickinson
#204. Our kids are our future. They deserve every possible opportunity to start their day with enthusiasm, encouragement and food in their stomachs. Protecting human rights of every man, woman and child is fundamental. Kids cannot protect themselves. It's up to us to ensure they have what they need to be all they can possibly be. #Quote by Arlene Dickinson
Civil Rights quotes by Roger Sherman
#205. The question is, not what rights naturally belong to man, but how they may be most equally and effectually guarded in society. #Quote by Roger Sherman
Civil Rights quotes by Ray Kurzweil
#206. My view is that consciousness, the seat of "personalness," is the ultimate reality, and is also scientifically impenetrable. In other words, there is no scientific test one can postulate that would definitively prove its existence in another entity. We assume that other biological human persons, at least those who are at least acting conscious, are indeed conscious. But this too is an assumption, and this shared human consensus breaks down when we go beyond human experience (e.g., the debate on animal consciousness, and by extension animal rights). #Quote by Ray Kurzweil
Civil Rights quotes by Jonathan Safran Foer
#207. Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn't enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when? #Quote by Jonathan Safran Foer
Civil Rights quotes by Caspar Vega
#208. I interjected saying one would generally have to be human to have human rights. #Quote by Caspar Vega
Civil Rights quotes by J. Edgar Hoover
#209. All persons who bear the blessed title of parent have the personal responsibility to see that their children are growing up fully appreciative of the rights of God and their fellowmen. #Quote by J. Edgar Hoover
Civil Rights quotes by Stockwell Day
#210. I do believe life begins at conception. The very first time I ran for election, I took out an editorial in the local newspaper and said 'look I am a democrat. (But) on this issue, because I see it as a human rights issue, if you wanted me to vote to promote that I wouldn't be able to do that. #Quote by Stockwell Day
Civil Rights quotes by Bernard B. Kerik
#211. In a free and democratic society such as ours, justice should not eternally abrogate one's rights to freedom and liberty, except in the most extreme cases. #Quote by Bernard B. Kerik
Civil Rights quotes by Hillel Neuer
#212. If in the past, you didnt cry out when thousands of protestors were killed and injured by Turkey, Egypt and Libya, when more victims than ever were hanged by Iran, women and children in Afghanistan were bombed, whole communities were massacred in South Sudan, 1800 Palestinians were starved and murdered by Assad in Syria, hundreds in Pakistan were killed by jihadist terrorist attacks, 10,000 Iraqis were killed by terrorists, villagers were slaughtered in Nigeria, but you ONLY cry out for Gaza, then you are NOT Pro- Human Rights, you are only Anti-Israel. #Quote by Hillel Neuer
Civil Rights quotes by Michael Apted
#213. Music video directors, who conceive, write and direct these works, enjoy no creative rights, receive no ongoing financial benefit from the sale of our work, and many times are not even credited. #Quote by Michael Apted
Civil Rights quotes by Sarah Vowell
#214. While technically Maryland remained in the Union during the Civil War, it was the border state, a schizophrenic no-man's-land with the North at its door and the South in its heart. #Quote by Sarah Vowell
Civil Rights quotes by Tommy Shaw
#215. When you sign with a label, they do insist upon certain rights, and if you have a competent attorney, your rights will be protected. #Quote by Tommy Shaw
Civil Rights quotes by Andrew Jackson
#216. No one need think that the world can be ruled without blood. The civil sword shall and must be red and bloody. #Quote by Andrew Jackson
Civil Rights quotes by Theresa May
#217. There is only one rule of law in our country, which provides rights and security for every citizen. #Quote by Theresa May
Civil Rights quotes by Samuel Johnson
#218. It is one of the maxims of the civil law, that definitions are hazardous. #Quote by Samuel Johnson
Civil Rights quotes by Shinzo Abe
#219. The 20th century was a century in which human rights were infringed upon in numerous parts of the world, and Japan also bears responsibility in that regard. I believe that we have to look at our own history with humility and think about our responsibility. #Quote by Shinzo Abe
Civil Rights quotes by Dave Eggers
#220. This was the march of civilization. First there is barbarism, no schools at all, all learning done at home, chaotically if at all. Then there is civil society, democracy, the right to free schooling for every child. Close on the heels of the right to free education is the right to pull these children out of the free schools and put them in private-schools - we have a right to pay for what is provided for free! And this is followed, inevitably and petulantly, by the right to pull them from school altogether, to do it yourself at home, everything coming full circle. #Quote by Dave Eggers
Civil Rights quotes by Susan Ee
#221. What's with all the cheering over the apocalypse, anyway? Oh, yay, we get to kill poor helpless humans."
"The excitement over the apocalypse had nothing to do with humans."
"Could have fooled me."
"Humans are incidental."
"Killing and destroying an entire species is incidental?" I can't help but sound like I'm accusing him (Raffe), even though I know he wasn't part of the plan to wipe us out.
Or at least, I think he wasn't personally involved, but I don't really know that, do I?
"Your people have been doing it to all kinds of species."
"That's not the same."
"Why not? #Quote by Susan Ee
Civil Rights quotes by Stewart Stafford
#222. Why did Irish people vote to introduce gay marriage? Because we know what discrimination feels like and if we can take the boot of oppression off someone else's throat, we'll do it every time. #Quote by Stewart Stafford
Civil Rights quotes by John Prendergast
#223. I see courage everywhere I go in Africa. Fearless human rights activists in Darfur. Women peace advocates in eastern Congo. Former child soldiers in Northern Uganda who now are helping other former child soldiers return to civilian life. #Quote by John Prendergast
Civil Rights quotes by Kaz Cooke
#224. I'm not a feminist,' some women say sternly as they march off to work where equal opportunity legislation protects them ... Women who say they are not feminists and act like individuals with basic human rights have just got their terminology wrong. #Quote by Kaz Cooke
Civil Rights quotes by Paul Ryan
#225. America is more than just a place ... it's an idea. It's the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. #Quote by Paul Ryan
Civil Rights quotes by Diana Johnstone
#226. Hillary trotted out her favorite image of a three-legged stool that upholds stable societies: "a responsive, accountable government; an energetic, effective private sector economy; and then civil society, which represents everything else that happens in the space between the government and the economy, that holds the values, that represents the aspirations."

This "stool" is actually the image of the bland governance of a corporate society: a government responsive to the demands of finance capital, a capitalist economy, and private, unelected and well-funded organizations that will determine "our values". Note what is missing: a vigorous political life, scrupulously independent media, and an education system that prepares intellectually alert and critical citizens. #Quote by Diana Johnstone
Civil Rights quotes by Stephen A. Smith
#227. You don't have the right to hold somebody accountable for standards you refuse to apply to yourself. #Quote by Stephen A. Smith
Civil Rights quotes by Adel Al-Jubeir
#228. Other than our disagreement over Syria, I would say our relationship with Russia is very good and we are seeking to broaden and deepen it. Twenty million Russians are Muslims. Like Russia, we have an interest in fighting radicalism and extremism. We both have an interest in stable energy markets. Even the disagreement over Syria is more of a tactical one than a strategic one. We both want a unified Syria that is stable in which all Syrians enjoy equal rights. #Quote by Adel Al-Jubeir
Civil Rights quotes by Ai Weiwei
#229. A name is the first and final marker of individual rights, one fixed part of the ever changing human world. A name is the most basic characteristic of our human rights: no matter how poor or how rich: all living people have a name and it is endowed with good wishes, the expectant blessings of kindness and blessings. #Quote by Ai Weiwei
Civil Rights quotes by Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
#230. The failure to invest in civil justice is directly related to the increase in criminal disorder. The more people feel there is injustice the more it becomes part of their psyche. #Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Civil Rights quotes by Marco Rubio
#231. Religious freedom is often referred to as America's first freedom. Our country was founded by religious exiles and built on the belief that God has given all people certain inalienable rights. Government's role in society is to protect these rights and ensure that we are safe from religious persecution and discrimination. #Quote by Marco Rubio
Civil Rights quotes by Chico Xavier
#232. It is not up to us to particularize, but rather to deduce that the concepts of human rights originated from the divine influence because, as far as we are concerned, we are compelled to recognize our slow individual evolution from fierce selfishness toward a universal love, from the iniquity toward true justice. #Quote by Chico Xavier
Civil Rights quotes by William Graham Sumner
#233. Liberty is an affair of laws and institutions which bring rights and duties into equilibrium. It is not at all an affair of selecting the proper class to rule. #Quote by William Graham Sumner
Civil Rights quotes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
#234. This will be a great day in our history; the date of a New Revolution - quite as much needed as the old one. Even now as I write they are leading old John Brown to execution in Virginia for attempting to rescue slaves! This is sowing the wind to reap the whirlwind which will come soon! #Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Civil Rights quotes by Ronald Reagan
#235. No longer must government be allowed to ride roughshod, absorbing the people's wealth, usurping their rights, and crushing their spirit. #Quote by Ronald Reagan

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