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Civil Rights Quotes

Famous Quotes & Quotations About Civil Rights:

A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to dictatorship of the right or the left.
~ Justice William O. Douglas Quotes.

A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes.

Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority.
~ Albert Camus Quotes.

Every advance in this half-century - Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education, one after another - came with the support and leadership of American Labor.
~ Jimmy Carter Quotes.

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can.
~ Samuel Adams Quotes.

An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment.
~ Justice Hugo L. Black Quotes.

At the foundation of our civil liberties lies the principle that denies to government officials an exceptional position before the law and which subjects them to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.
~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis Quotes.

Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry. It means trying to hold on to physical life amid psychological death. It means the pain of watching your children grow up with clouds of inferiority in their mental skies. It means having their legs off, and then being condemned for being a cripple.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes.

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 Quotes.

Every segment of our population, and every individual, has a right to expect from his government a fair deal.
~ Harry S. Truman Quotes.

Evil societies always kill their consciences.
~ James Farmer Quotes.

Anyone who said he wasn't afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn't shake but inside I was shaking.
~ James Farmer Quotes.

As global citizens, it is our responsibility to become active participants in our democracy, and to make sure that everyone's civil rights are protected.
~ Robert Alan Quotes.

How could they say that my religion, Islam was a ‘race hate’ religion after all the plunder and enslavement and domination of my people by white Christians in the name of white supremacy?
~ Muhammad Ali Quotes.

I am - somebody. I may be poor, but I am - somebody! I may be on welfare, but I am - somebody! I may be uneducated, but I am - somebody! I must be, I’m God’s child. I must be respected and protected. I am black and I am beautiful! I am - somebody! Soul power!
~ Jesse Jackson Quotes.

I see America through the eyes of a victim. I don’t see any American dream. I see an American nightmare.
~ Malcolm X Quotes.

I thought it was a good time to have those debates again about government using fear to erode away civil liberties, which happens every 30 to 40 years.
~ George Clooney Quotes.

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
~ Justice William O. Douglas Quotes Quotes.

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.
~ Roger Nash Baldwin Quotes.

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
~ Noam Chomsky Quotes.

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