Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade.
Lack of encouragement never deterred me. I was the kind of person who would not be put down.
Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century. I see class warfare as overshadowing both.
A Negro who does not vote is ungrateful to those who have already died in the fight for freedom. ... Any person who does not vote is failing to serve the cause of freedom - his own freedom, his people's freedom, and his country's freedom.
King thought he understood the white Southerner, having been born and reared in Georgia and trained a theologian.
We African Americans have now spent the major part of the 20th Century battling racism
The fact is that racism, despite all the doomsayers, has diminished
There appears to be no limit as to how far the women's revolution will take us.
Doing away with separate black colleges meets resistance from alumni and other blacks.
I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted.
When Thurgood Marshall became a lawyer, race relations in the United States were particularly bad.
I soon found law school an unmitigated bore.
Whites would rather not be involved in race matters, I think.
We Americans entered a new phase in our history - the era of integration - in 1954.
Too many whites still see blacks as a group apart.
My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves.
In high school, I won a prize for an essay on tuberculosis. When I got through writing the essay, I was sure I had the disease.
In high school, I discovered myself. I was interested in race relations and the legal profession. I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to be the most difficult of professions.
King consciously steered away from legal claims and instead relied on civil disobedience.
My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks.
There is no longer a single common impediment to blacks emerging in this society.
New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population, the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to go to school every day and do my homework.
Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it appears in many different forms.
All Southern state colleges and universities are open to black students.
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