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.
I never thought I would live long enough to see the legal profession change to the extent it has.
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
In my view, I did not get to the federal bench because I was a woman
When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. No one thought this was a good idea
The last state to admit a black student to the college level was South Carolina
I got the chance to argue my first case in Supreme Court, a criminal case arising in Alabama that involved the right of a defendant to counsel at a critical stage in a capital case before a trial.
I remember being infuriated from the top of my head to the tip of my toes the first time a screen was put around Bob Carter and me on a train leaving Washington in the 1940s.
How long must the American community afford special treatment to blacks?
Had it not been for James Meredith, who was willing to risk his life, the University of Mississippi would still be all white.
Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.
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.
Too many whites still see blacks as a group apart.
When I went to law school, nobody heard of civil rights.
Today's white majority is largely silent about the race question.
Living at the YMCA in Harlem dramatically broadened my view of the world.
The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged; except for Bella Abzug, I had no women supporters.
The middle class, in the white population, encompasses a wide swath.
The legal difference between the sit-ins and the Freedom Riders was significant.
The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor.
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