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.
All Southern state colleges and universities are open to black students.
When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. No one thought this was a good idea
Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century. I see class warfare as overshadowing both.
We Americans entered a new phase in our history - the era of integration - in 1954.
When I went to law school, nobody heard of civil rights.
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 was born and raised in the oldest settled part of the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted.
King thought he understood the white Southerner, having been born and reared in Georgia and trained a theologian.
I never thought I would live long enough to see the legal profession change to the extent it has.
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
The legal difference between the sit-ins and the Freedom Riders was significant.
Today's white majority is largely silent about the race question.
Living at the YMCA in Harlem dramatically broadened my view of the world.
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.
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.
Too many whites still see blacks as a group apart.
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.
My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves.
The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor.
The middle class, in the white population, encompasses a wide swath.
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