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Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper."

Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.




Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "[O]ur revolt was as much against the traditional black leadership structure as it was against segregation and discrimination."

[O]ur revolt was as much against the traditional black leadership structure as it was against segregation and discrimination.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "Racism is a disease of white people"

Racism is a disease of white people



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists."

The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.




Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "You don't have to stand up for your rights to get justice, sometimes you can sit for your rights like Rosa Parks."

You don't have to stand up for your rights to get justice, sometimes you can sit for your rights like Rosa Parks.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "I guess it's the curse of our generation, having to put aside our lives to do the right thing."

I guess it's the curse of our generation, having to put aside our lives to do the right thing.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "The greatest evil in our country today is...ignorance...We need to be taught to study rather than to believe."

The greatest evil in our country today is...ignorance...We need to be taught to study rather than to believe.





Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "Senator John Stennis:The civil rights movement did more to free the white man that the black man. ... It freed my soul."

Senator John Stennis:The civil rights movement did more to free the white man that the black man. ... It freed my soul.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "People believe what they want to believe. Even if it isn’t true."

People believe what they want to believe. Even if it isn’t true.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "We can’t answer King’s assassination with violence. That would be the worst tribute we could pay him."

We can’t answer King’s assassination with violence. That would be the worst tribute we could pay him.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "It was civil disobedience that won them their civil rights."

It was civil disobedience that won them their civil rights.




Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "I walked straight to the library. Mrs. Bloom, the librarian, always knows everything."

I walked straight to the library. Mrs. Bloom, the librarian, always knows everything.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "For the rest of the afternoon, Miss Bloom smiled almost as bright as the big yellow sun shining through the front picture window. Her library was filled up with people who loved books."

For the rest of the afternoon, Miss Bloom smiled almost as bright as the big yellow sun shining through the front picture window. Her library was filled up with people who loved books.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "Tolerance of intolerance enables oppression."

Tolerance of intolerance enables oppression.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "You're not under attack when others gain rights and privileges you've always had."

You're not under attack when others gain rights and privileges you've always had.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "Privilege is when you contribute to the oppression of others and then claim that you are the one being discriminated against."

Privilege is when you contribute to the oppression of others and then claim that you are the one being discriminated against.



Civil Rights Movement Quotes: "Sit on the truth too long and you mash the life right out of it."

Sit on the truth too long and you mash the life right out of it.