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.
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.
There appears to be no limit as to how far the women's revolution will take us.
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.
Too many whites still see blacks as a group apart.
All Southern state colleges and universities are open to black students.
I never thought I would live long enough to see the legal profession change to the extent it has.
I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to go to school every day and do my homework.
How long must the American community afford special treatment to blacks?
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.
We African Americans have now spent the major part of the 20th Century battling racism
When Thurgood Marshall became a lawyer, race relations in the United States were particularly bad.
In my view, I did not get to the federal bench because I was a woman
Whites would rather not be involved in race matters, I think.
The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor.
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.
Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.
Living at the YMCA in Harlem dramatically broadened my view of the world.
We Americans entered a new phase in our history - the era of integration - in 1954.
King thought he understood the white Southerner, having been born and reared in Georgia and trained a theologian.
The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged; except for Bella Abzug, I had no women supporters.
The legal difference between the sit-ins and the Freedom Riders was significant.
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