Quotations on Civil rights

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They don't have special rights because we have civil rights laws that protect them. The laws work both ways.
- Tom Allen
(Keywords: Work, Civil rights, Laws)

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
(Keywords: Marriage, Civil rights, Man, Woman)

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
(Keywords: Vision, Civil rights, First, University)

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.
- Glenn Beck
(Keywords: Faith, People, Character, Civil rights, Content, Justice, Lies, Skin)

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
(Keywords: Education, Health, Care, Chance, Civil rights, Giving, Privilege, Public)

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
(Keywords: Work, Civil rights, Complaint, Credit)

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.
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Keywords: Victory, Civil rights, Racism)

I think the legacy of the civil rights movement is that now whites are more open to being represented by people of color or people who are women or, again, non-traditional candidates.
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Keywords: Women, People, Being, Civil rights, Now, Open)

For the gay establishment, the death of right and wrong began when gaining civil rights ceased to be enough.
- Tammy Bruce
(Keywords: Death, Civil rights, Gay, Wrong)

So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn't because of Black Power, isn't because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it's not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: Power, Cities, Civil rights, Committee)

I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people.
- Stokely Carmichael
(Keywords: People, Civil rights, Country)

Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger.
- Michael N. Castle
(Keywords: African, American, Civil rights, Famous, Literature, Struggle)

The liberals in the House strongly resemble liberals I have known through the last two decades in the civil rights conflict. When it comes time to show on which side they will be counted, they excuse themselves.
- Shirley Chisholm
(Keywords: Time, Civil rights, Conflict, Liberals, Will)

My friends in the Congress, I have known Coretta King since I went south during the civil rights movement as a lawyer. She was a vibrant, consistent, totally dedicated partner with her husband.
- John Conyers
(Keywords: Husband, Civil rights, Congress, Friends)

It is distressing to me that we live in an age in which we still must fight to protect our civil rights as Americans, in which a hate crime perpetrated against someone based their sexual orientation can go unpunished, and in which discrimination is being written into our laws.
- John Conyers
(Keywords: Age, Americans, Being, Civil rights, Crime, Discrimination, Fight, Hate, Laws)

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
(Keywords: Society, Civil rights, Struggle, Will, World)

The civil rights movement would experience many important victories, but Rosa Parks will always be remembered as its catalyst.
- Jim Costa
(Keywords: Experience, Civil rights, Will)

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
(Keywords: People, Being, Civil rights, Symbol, Woman)

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
(Keywords: Death, American, Civil rights, Journey, Unemployment, Violence, Workers)

I believe public education is the new civil rights battle and I support charter schools.
- Andrew Cuomo
(Keywords: Education, Battle, Civil rights, Public, Schools, Support)

In college, I got interested in news because the world was coming apart. The civil rights movement, the antiwar movement, the women's right movement. That focused my radio ambitions toward news.
- Bob Edwards
(Keywords: Women, Civil rights, College, News, World)

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
(Keywords: Gratitude, Americans, Bravery, Civil rights, Commitment, Debt, Nation, Nonviolence, World)

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
(Keywords: Peace, Civil rights, Martin, Memory, Will)

The tragedy of the civil rights movement is that just as it achieved the beginning of the end of racial segregation, white educated elites became swept up in the glamour of the sexual revolution.
- Maggie Gallagher
(Keywords: Beginning, Civil rights, End, Revolution, Glamour, Tragedy)

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
(Keywords: Development, Civil rights, Myth, Reality)

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
(Keywords: Character, Civil rights, Saying, Skin)

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
(Keywords: Movies, Being, Bigotry, Civil rights, Drama, Fathers, Kids, Mob)

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
(Keywords: History, Civil rights, Historians)

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
(Keywords: People, Civil rights, Country, Song)

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
(Keywords: Equality, People, Civil rights, states, Treatment, United)

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
(Keywords: People, Civil rights, Class)

I got out of the Army - in my world - I came to New York, for instance, when the civil rights movement was just beginning, and that created a certain energy, a certain rumble, a certain impetus for black actors.
- James Earl Jones
(Keywords: Actors, Army, Beginning, Civil rights, Energy, World)

Race to race, the Republicans are putting up candidates that are quite far out of the mainstream in terms of should we have passed the Civil Rights Act or does Social Security need to exist.
- Tim Kaine
(Keywords: Act, Civil rights, Race, Republicans, Security)

He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. it had to be some silly little Communist.
- Jackie Kennedy
(Keywords: Being, Civil rights, Satisfaction, Silly)

We could in fact transport a person, say a kid who didn't know what it was like to be in a civil rights march. We could actually take you into that experience, so that you could better appreciate what happened and why it happened.
- Dexter S. King
(Keywords: Experience, Civil rights, Fact, March)

Marriage is sacred and protected and has nothing to do with violating our civil rights.
- Jack Kingston
(Keywords: Marriage, Civil rights, Nothing)

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.
- William P. Leahy
(Keywords: People, Control, Abortion, Birth control, Civil rights, Divorce, Justice)

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
(Keywords: Religion, Belief, Values, Virtue, Civil rights, Diversity, Ideals, Parents)

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
(Keywords: People, Artists, Battle, Civil rights, Class, Hippies, Middle class, Poor)

Mrs. Parks' act of brave defiance rocked the foundation of American society and inspired generations of civil rights leaders and created a sense of hope for every American facing legal discrimination in this country.
- Kendrick Meek
(Keywords: Legal, Society, Hope, Act, American, Civil rights, Country, Defiance, Discrimination, Generations, Leaders, Sense)

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
(Keywords: Citizenship, Civil rights, Nothing)

When it came to political power, blacks need not apply. Add to this steaming stew the growing tensions over the Vietnam War and the movement for civil rights, and you had plenty of elements to fire the imagination of a novice journalist.
- Andrea Mitchell
(Keywords: Imagination, War, Power, Civil rights, Fire, Vietnam)

The photographs were never about me. They were always about the people who were laying their lives on the line for basic civil rights. I look back and I can't believe there was ever a time in this country when ANY citizen could not vote. The times were appalling.
- Charles Moore
(Keywords: Time, People, Civil rights, Country, Vote)

By 1962, King had become, by the media's reckoning, the new civil rights leader.
- Constance Baker Motley
(Keywords: Leader, Civil rights, Media)

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.
- Janet Napolitano
(Keywords: People, American, Beliefs, Civil rights, Ideology, Responsibility, Will)

Confirming John Roberts would endanger much of the progress made by the nation in civil rights over the past half century.
- Ralph Neas
(Keywords: Progress, Civil rights, Nation, Past)

Our government just won't enforce civil rights laws. The laws will be ignored.
- Major Owens
(Keywords: Government, Civil rights, Laws, Will)

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.
- Evita Peron
(Keywords: Government, Women, Victory, Civil rights, Joy, Nation)

There's a very big gulf between the black civil rights leadership in America and the black middle class in America. The black middle class are conservative. Many of those minorities can be persuaded to be members of the Republican Party.
- Pete du Pont
(Keywords: Leadership, America, Civil rights, Class, Conservative, Middle class, Party, Republican)

What drew me to both study and activism was the formative experience of the civil rights movement.
- David E. Price
(Keywords: Experience, Activism, Civil rights, Study)



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