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56 Most Historical Civil Rights Movement Quotes

The American Civil Rights Movement was a political movement and campaign from 1954 to 1968 in the United States to abolish institutional racial segregation, discrimination, and disenfranchisement throughout the United States. The efforts of civil rights activists and countless protesters of all races brought about legislation to end segregation, Black voter suppression, and discriminatory employment and housing practices.

The civil rights movement is a legacy of more than 400 years of American history in which slavery, racism, white supremacy, and discrimination were central to the social, economic, and political development of the United States. This is a colelction of most historical quotes from the Civil Rights Movement.

A right delayed is a right denied. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Truth is on the side of the oppressed. Malcolm X
Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper. Martin Luther King Jr.
The rich rob the poor and the poor rob one another. Sojourner Truth
I grew up like a neglected weed - ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Harriet Tubman
Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome. Rosa Parks
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. W. E. B. Du Bois
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  • Slavery is the next thing to hell. Harriet Tubman
    America preaches integration and practices segregation. Malcolm X
    We are not makers of history. We are made by history. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I'm tired of being treated like a second-class citizen. Rosa Parks
    Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. W. E. B. Du Bois
    Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me. Sojourner Truth
    How hard a thing is life to the lowly, and yet how human and real! W. E. B. Du Bois
    Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that. Rosa Parks
    There is no more apartheid in South Africa than in the United States. Malcolm X
    Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life. W. E. B. Du Bois
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I can't die but once. Harriet Tubman
    Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. Malcolm X
    Integration will not bring a man back from the grave. Malcolm X
    We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much. Sojourner Truth
    The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm X
    If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more. Harriet Tubman
    Power never takes a back step only in the face of more power. Malcolm X
    You'll be free or die! Harriet Tubman
    A true and worthy ideal frees and uplifts a people; a false ideal imprisons and lowers. W. E. B. Du Bois
    Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line. W. E. B. Du Bois
    Every time I saw a white man I was afraid of being carried away. Harriet Tubman
    Because of them I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free, and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit. Sojourner Truth
    Nonviolence is fine as long as it works. Malcolm X
    We’re rooted here, and they can’t pull us up. Harriet Tubman
    Each person must live their life as a model for others. Rosa Parks
    Make yourself do unpleasant things so as to gain the upper hand of your soul. W. E. B. Du Bois
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    History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals. Malcolm X
    We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    It is the mind that makes the body. Sojourner Truth
    Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly. Malcolm X
    We would rather stay in our native land, if we could be as free there as we are here. Harriet Tubman
    My people are free! Harriet Tubman
    I believe in pride of race and lineage and self; in pride of self so deep as to scorn injustice to other selves. W.E.B. Du Bois
    The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    We was the fools, and the was the wise men; but we wasn’t fools enough to go down the high road in the broad daylight. Harriet Tubman
    I feel safe in the midst of my enemies, for the truth is all powerful and will prevail. Sojourner Truth
    There was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land. Harriet Tubman
    Then I will speak upon the ashes. Sojourner Truth
    All I was doing was trying to get home from work. Rosa Parks
    Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way. Rosa Parks
    I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free. Rosa Parks
    History is not hatred. Malcolm X
    I would make a home for them in the North, and the Lord helping me, I would bring them all here. Harriet Tubman
    I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other. Malcolm X
    I am not going to die, I'm going home like a shooting star. Sojourner Truth
    Master Lincoln, he’s a great man, and I’m a poor Negro but this Negro can tell Master Lincoln how to save money and young men. Harriet Tubman
    You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. Rosa Parks

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