Justice is indivisible. You can't decide who gets civil rights and who doesn't.— Angela Davis
Proven Civil Rights quotations
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip top if you must, but take the step.
In Tanganyika we believe that only evil, Godless men would make the color of a mans skin the criteria for granting him civil rights.
Freedom, by definition, is people realizing that they are their own leaders.
Live your life. Take chances. Be crazy. Don't wait. Because right now is the oldest you've ever been and the youngest you'll ever be again.
There is a source of power in each of us that we don't realize until we take responsibility.
The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.
I don't call myself a white supremacist.
I'm a civil rights activist concerned about European-American rights.
Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right.
The civil rights movement didn't begin in Montgomery and it didn't end in the 1960s. It continues on to this very minute.
Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.
I just couldn't move. History had me glued to the seat.
If things go wrong, don’t go with them.
If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay, and they should not be denied healthcare. They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence. … That’s what people need to understand, that it’s okay and that if you are uncomfortable with it, then you need to look at yourself.
A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.
When plunder becomes a way of life, men create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyways.
It is said slavery is all we are fighting for, and if we give it up we give up all. Even if this were true, which we deny, slavery is not all our enemies are fighting for. It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.
I had a right to my own political opinions.
I am a Southern woman, born with Revolutionary blood in my veins. Freedom of speech and of thought were my birthright, guaranteed, signed and sealed by the blood of our fathers.
To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.
Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
Civil rights are civil rights. There are no persons who are not entitled to their civil rights... We have to recognize that we have a long way to go, but we have to go that way together.
It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up beign the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.
Because I'm a civil rights activist, I am also an animal rights activist.
Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and vicious taking of life. We shouldn't be a part of it.
For centuries, Europeans dominated the African continent.
The white man arrogated to himself the right to rule and to be obeyed by the non-white; his mission, he claimed, was to "civilize" Africa. Under this cloak, the Europeans robbed the continent of vast riches and inflicted unimaginable suffering on the African people.
We must go beyond the arrogance of human rights.
We must go beyond the ignorance of civil rights. We must step into the reality of natural rights because all of the natural world has a right to existence and we are only a small part of it. There can be no trade-off.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody is going to know whether you did it or not.
You didn't see me on television, you didn't see news stories about me.
The kind of role that I tried to play was to pick up pieces or put together pieces out of which I hoped organization might come. My theory is, strong people don't need strong leaders.
The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed.
The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.
Do what is right, not what is easy
If your Bible tells you that gay people ought not be married in your church, don't tell them they can't be married at city hall. Marriage is a civil rite as well a civil right, and we can't let religious bigotry close the door to justice to anyone.
The law has no claim to human respect.
It has no civilizing mission; its only purpose is to protect exploitation.
We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
Knowledge is having the right answer. Intelligence is asking the right questions.
The war...must go on till the last man of this generation falls in his tracks...unless you acknowledge our right to self-government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence,and that, or extermination, we WILL have.
There is no power in the world that can stop the forward march of free men and women when they are joined in the solidarity of human brotherhood.
We were granted the right to exist by the God of our fathers at the glimmer of the dawn of human civilization nearly 4,000 years ago. For that right, which has been sanctified in Jewish blood from generation to generation, we have paid a price unexampled in the annals of the nations.
You attract the right things when you have a sense of who you are.
There is no contradiction between effective law enforcement and respect for civil and human rights.
It will be all right if it turns out all right.
The laws ought to be so framed as to secure the safety of every citizen as much as possible. ... Political liberty does not consist in the notion that a man may do whatever he pleases; liberty is the right to do whatsoever the laws allow. ... The equality of the citizens consists in that they should all be subject to the same laws.
It is an honor to be awarded with such a high rating from an organization as well respected as the NAACP. I am pleased that the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation, has recognized my voting record.
I would say that I'm a nonviolent soldier.
In place of weapons of violence, you have to use your mind, your heart, your sense of humor, every faculty available to you...because no one has the right to take the life of another human being.