Civil Rights Quotes

Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names: Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day and, today, a national holiday.

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.

I don’t think we could have had the changes in civil rights without TV.

I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave […]

You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.

Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word human.

There is no constitutional right for any race to be preferred… If discrimination based on race is constitutionally permissible when those who hold the reins can come up with compelling” reasons to justify it, then constitutional guarantees acquire accordion-like quality.

We have got to get it together and understand. People say, ‘It’s not the American way to infringe on civil liberties.’ Well, it’s not the American way to roll over for punks, either.