Civil Rights Quotes

Most popular civil rights quotes

The Negro was invented in America.
I glory in conflict that I may hereafter exult in victory.

victory

An American Negro isn't a man — he's a walking defense mechanism.
After four hundred years of slave labor, we have some back pay coming.
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
Some of the best pretending in the world is done in front of white folks.
America has put a tight shoe on the Negro and now he has a callus on his soul.

African-Americans America

It is a blessing to die for a cause, because you can so easily die for nothing.

idealist

Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black.

African-Americans women

The ultimate solution to the race problem lies in the willingness of men to obey the unenforceable.

race

This (America) is the red man's country by natural right, and the black man's by virtue of his sufferings and toil.
The haughty American nation ... makes the Negro clean its boots and then proves the moral and physical inferiority of the Negro by the fact that he is a bootblack.

African-Americans America racism

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

America apathy equality injustice