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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged; except for Bella Abzug, I had no women supporters.
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.
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