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Civil Rights Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Civil Rights

Please enjoy these Civil Rights Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond
these failings that Black citizens and civil rights
workers risked unemployment,
violence and death.
- Elijah Cummings

The South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom,
the ballot box and the Civil Rights Law.
- Ida B. Wells

There has been only a civil rights movement,
whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites.
- Stokely Carmichael

Rarely in my 45 years as a civil rights lawyer have
I been so angry about an injustice as I am about what
happened to Billy Ray Johnson.
- Morris Dees

 

The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

The Court today completes the process of converting
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from a guarantee
that race or sex will not be the basis for often will.
- Antonin Scalia

Well, take the evolution of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
It began as hackers' rights.
Then it became general civil liberties of everybody -
government stay away.
- Esther Dyson

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Mrs.
Parks was a shy, soft spoken woman who was uncomfortable
being revered as a symbol of the civil rights movement.
She only hoped to inspire young people to achieve great things.
- Jim Costa

Civil and political rights are critical,
but not often the real problem for the destitute sick.
My patients in Haiti can now vote but they can't get
medical care or clean water.
- Paul Farmer

When I started graduate school I was interested in
the culture of the Civil Rights Movement.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

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.
- Alan Autry

A little less complaint and whining,
and a little more dogged work and manly striving,
would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

It is difficult to overstate the importance of the Civil Rights Act.
- Bobby Scott

Well, it's the last step of the civil rights movement:
You know,
wrap your hands around some money, right?
- Russell Simmons

I came out of the Civil Rights Movement,
and I had a different kind of focus than most people
who have just the academic background as their primary training experience.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

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.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

The civil rights movement in the United States was about the same thing,
about equality of treatment for all sections of the people,
and that is precisely what our movement was about.
- John Hume

Nothing could be more insulting to me than the concept of civil rights.
It means perpetual second-class citizenship for me and my kind.
- James H. Meredith

The law regards man as man, and takes no account of
his surroundings or of his color when his civil rights
as guaranteed by the supreme law of the land are involved.
- John Marshall Harlan

I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be
enforced at gunpoint if necessary.
- Ronald Reagan

When I wrote the song, The Way It Is,
I wanted to move people to take a stand on civil rights in this country.
- Bruce Hornsby

What drew me to both study and activism was the formative
experience of the civil rights movement.
- David E. Price

They don't have special rights because we have civil
rights laws that protect them.
The laws work both ways.
- Tom Allen

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.
- Moshe Katsav

Marriage is sacred and protected and has nothing to
do with violating our civil rights.
- Jack Kingston

Confirming John Roberts would endanger much of the
progress made by the nation in civil rights over the past half century.
- Ralph Neas

If Willie Nelson had been Rosa Parks,
there never would have been a civil rights movement in this country,
because he refuses to leave the back of the bus.
- Kinky Friedman

For the gay establishment, the death of right and wrong
began when gaining civil rights ceased to be enough.
- Tammy Bruce

All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for
his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence
that changed this nation -
and world -
for the better.
- Eliot Engel

By 1962, King had become, by the media's reckoning,
the new civil rights leader.
- Constance Baker Motley

This thing called Patriot Act, through which we abdicated
a lot of our civil rights to defend the country against terrorism,
it's a four-year story.
- Neil Young

I believe public education is the new civil rights
battle and I support charter schools.
- Andrew Cuomo

As a civil rights leader, Mrs.
King's vision of racial peace and nonviolent social
change was a fortifying staple in advancing the civil rights movement.
- James T. Walsh

Our government just won't enforce civil rights laws.
The laws will be ignored.
- Major Owens

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.
- Paul Farmer

Health care is not a privilege.
It's a right.
It's a right as fundamental as civil rights.
It's a right as fundamental as giving every child a
chance to get a public education.
- Rod Blagojevich

The civil rights movement would experience many important victories,
but Rosa Parks will always be remembered as its catalyst.
- Jim Costa

I'm a child of the Civil Rights Movement.
- Danny Glover

A community is democratic only when the humblest and
weakest person can enjoy the highest civil,
economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.
- A. Philip Randolph

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.
- Jonathan Lethem

Rosa Parks will be remembered for her lasting contributions to society.
Her legacy lives on in the continued struggle for civil rights around the world.
She will be missed.
- Jim Costa

I don't call myself a white supremacist.
I'm a civil rights activist concerned about European-American rights.
- David Duke

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.
- Ivan Allen

I, like many members of my generation,
was concerned with segregation and the repeated violation of civil rights.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

John Brown first swam into my vision in the 1960s when
I was a political activist in the civil rights movement
and the anti-war movement at Chapel Hill,
where I went to university.
- Russell Banks

I marched back then - I was in a civil-rights musical,
Fly Blackbird, and we met Martin Luther King.
- George Takei

I had advocated the establishment of a Negro industrial commission.
I had gestured against the growth of monopoly power.
I had introduced a few civil rights bills.
- Emanuel Celler

Rosa Parks was a woman of strength, conviction,
and morality.
Her action on December 1, 1955, to defy the law made
her a leading figure in our nation's civil rights history.
- John Shimkus

I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country
was passed for white people,
not for black people.
- Stokely Carmichael

Civil libertarians have raised concerns that some of
the Patriot Act's provisions infringe on Constitutional rights.
Those concerns are not supported by the facts.
- Roger Wicker

You can't rise as a class.
You have to rise individually.
It's what many of the civil rights-era people don't understand.
- Alphonso Jackson

Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as our prince of peace,
of civil rights.
We owe him something major that will keep his memory alive.
- Morgan Freeman

Individual and national rights to wealth rest on the
basis of civil and international law,
or at least of custom that has the force of law.
- Alfred Marshall

He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights.
it had to be some silly little Communist.
- Jackie Kennedy

There are those who say to you - we are rushing this issue of civil rights.
I say we are 172 years late.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

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.
- Mary Frances Berry

When and under what conditions is the black man to
have a free ballot? When is he in fact to have those
full civil rights which have so long been his in law?
- Benjamin Harrison

Civil rights leaders are involved in helping poor people.
That's what I've been doing all my life.
- Andrew Young

I don't say that the supposed Civil Rights development is a myth,
but it's a matter of dealing with reality.
It's purely peripheral and, in many cases,
it's just a facade.
- Norman Granz

Civil rights are more important today than they ever
have been in our country.
There is so much divisiveness today.
- David Harris

My image had always been very heterosexual,
very straight.
So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify
my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.
- Bruce Springsteen

In situations of military conflict, civil strife,
lawlessness, bad governance, and human rights violations,
terrorists find it easier to hide, train and prepare their attacks.
- Gijs de Vries

We support President Truman's civil rights program.
- Eugenie Anderson

The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil,
political and religious rights of an Englishman.
- Junius

When the civil rights battle was won,
all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class
white people and all the blacks were still poor.
Materially, not much changed.
- Jonathan Lethem

We've talked more about civil rights after the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 than we talked about it before 1964.
- Clarence Thomas

All civil rights and the right to hold office were
to be extended to persons of any Christian denomination.
- Roger Sherman

I came at age in the '60s, and initially my hopes and
dreams were invested in politics and the movements of the time -
the anti-war movement,
the civil rights movement.
I worked on Bobby Kennedy's campaign for president
as a teenager in California and the night he was killed.
- David Talbot

That's what he was saying, the civil rights movement -
judge me for my character,
not how black my skin is, not how yellow my skin is,
how short I am, how tall or fat or thin;
It's by my character.
- Pam Grier

We grew up as kids watching those movies and we were
exposed to themes of civil rights,
unfairness, bigotry and fathers struggling against
the kind of mob of the town,
so you remember how you felt as a kid being taken seriously,
that you are part of the human drama.
- Rachel Griffiths

The issue of civil rights was too much for the establishment to handle.
One of the chapters of history that's least studied
by historians is the 300 to 500 riots in the U.S.
between 1965 and 1970.
- Tom Hayden


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