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
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.
The last state to admit a black student to the college level was South Carolina
There is no longer a single common impediment to blacks emerging in this society.
My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks.
King consciously steered away from legal claims and instead relied on civil disobedience.
When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. No one thought this was a good idea
In my view, I did not get to the federal bench because I was a woman
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.
Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it appears in many different forms.
All Southern state colleges and universities are open to black students.
By 1962, King had become, by the media's reckoning, the new civil rights leader.
Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.
Had it not been for James Meredith, who was willing to risk his life, the University of Mississippi would still be all white.
How long must the American community afford special treatment to blacks?
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 never thought I would live long enough to see the legal profession change to the extent it has.
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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