Civil Rights Quotes

We come then to the question presented: Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other “tangible” factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities? We believe that it does.

So I ask you to join me in working long hours – nights and weekends, if necessary – to pass this bill. And I don’t make that request lightly. For from the window where I sit with the problems of our country I recognize that outside this chamber is the outraged conscience of a nation, […]

This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principal that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood… That one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into […]

I know you are asking today, ‘How long will it take?’ I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth pressed to earth will rise again. How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever. How long? Not long, Because […]

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.

The law, in our case, seems to make the right; and the very reverse ought to be done – the right should make the law.

All I felt was tired. Tired of being pushed around. Tired of seeing the bad treatment and disrespect of children, women and men just because of the color of their skin. Tired of Jim Crow laws. Tired of being oppressed. I was just plain tired. I felt the Lord would give me strength to endure […]