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"The civil rights movement didn't begin in Montgomery and it didn't end in the 1960s. It continues on to this very minute." Julian Bond. IMG
"I think that the thing that we learned back in the day of the Civil Rights Movement is that you do have to keep on keeping on." Charlayne Hunter-Gault. IMG
"I don't think the riots derailed the civil rights movement." Henry Louis Gates. IMG
"Senator John Stennis: The civil rights movement did more to free the white man that the black man. ... It freed my soul." Joe Biden. IMG
"I think the Civil Rights Movement changed that trajectory for me. The first thing I did was leave school. I was suspended for my participation in Movement demonstrations in my hometown, December, 1961" Bernice Johnson Reagon. IMG
"I came out of the Civil Rights Movement, and I had a different kind of focus than most people who have just the academic background as their primary training experience" Bernice Johnson Reagon. IMG
"For years now I have heard the word "wait." It rings in the ear of every Negro with a piercing familiarity. This "wait" has almost always meant "never."" Martin Luther King, Jr.. IMG
"The Klan had used fear, intimidation and murder to brutally oppress over African-Americans who sought justice and equality and it sought to respond to the young workers of the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the same way." Charles Rangel. IMG
"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in." Rosa Parks. IMG
"Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated." Martin Luther King, Jr.. IMG
"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists." Martin Luther King, Jr.. IMG
"Anyone who said he wasn't afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn't shake but inside I was shaking." James L Farmer Jr. IMG
"If Martin Luther King came back, he'd say we need another civil rights movement built on class not race." Henry Louis Gates. IMG
"We can revolutionize the attitude of inner city brown and black kids to learning. We need a civil rights movement within the African-American community." Henry Louis Gates. IMG
"My parents demonstrated against the Vietnam war, they were into the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, they started the first vegetarian restaurant in Pittsburgh." Justin Sane. IMG
"There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites." Stokely Carmichael. IMG
"My friends in the Congress, I have known Coretta King since I went south during the civil rights movement as a lawyer. She was a vibrant, consistent, totally dedicated partner with her husband." John Conyers. IMG
"Yes, I think it's really important to acknowledge that Dr. King, precisely at the moment of his assassination, was re-conceptualizing the civil rights movement and moving toward a sort of coalitional relationship with the trade union movement." Angela Davis. IMG
"If Willie Nelson had been Rosa Parks, there never would have been a civil rights movement in this country, because he refuses to leave the back of the bus." Kinky Friedman. IMG
"That's what he was saying, the civil rights movement - judge me for my character, not how black my skin is, not how yellow my skin is, how short I am, how tall or fat or thin; It's by my character." Pam Grier. IMG
"The civil rights movement was based on faith. Many of us who were participants in this movement saw our involvement as an extension of our faith. We saw ourselves doing the work of the Almighty. Segregation and racial discrimination were not in keeping with our faith, so we had to do something." John Lewis. IMG
"The really important victory of the civil rights movement was that it made racism unpopular, whereas a generation ago at the turn of the last century, you had to embrace racism to get elected to anything." Carol Moseley Braun. IMG
"Well, it's the last step of the civil rights movement: You know, wrap your hands around some money, right?" Russell Simmons. IMG
"I took an interest in the Civil Rights Movement. I listened to Martin Luther King. The Vietnam War was raging. When I was 18, I was eligible for the draft, but when I went to be tested, I didn't qualify." Radhanath Swami. IMG
"The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement, in the overwhelming virtue of diversity, these were our religion. My parents worshipped those ideals." Jonathan Lethem. IMG
"When the women's liberation movement began, when people began protesting against the Vietnam War, civil rights movement, at the beginning of those movements, the majority of the country was not with them, did not believe in the basic principles of any of those philosophies." Michael Moore. IMG
"The greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic." Bell Hooks. IMG
"When I was 15 years old in the tenth grade, I heard Martin Luther King, Jr. Three years later, when I was 18, I met Dr. King and we became friends. Two years after that I became very involved in the civil rights movement. I was in college at the time. As I got more and more involved, I saw politics as a means of bringing about change" John Lewis. IMG
"One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Ganhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes." Jack Canfield. IMG
"I came at age in the '60s, and initially my hopes and dreams were invested in politics and the movements of the time - the anti-war movement, the civil rights movement. I worked on Bobby Kennedy's campaign for president as a teenager in California and the night he was killed." David Talbot. IMG
"Mrs. Parks was a shy, soft spoken woman who was uncomfortable being revered as a symbol of the civil rights movement. She only hoped to inspire young people to achieve great things." Jim Costa. IMG
"Quakers are known for wanting to give back. Ban the bomb and the civil rights movement and the native American struggle for justice - those things were very, very front-burner in my childhood, as were the ideas of working for peace and if you have more than you need, then you share it with people who don't." Bonnie Raitt. IMG
"Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens." David Cameron. IMG
"The sad truth is that the civil rights movement cannot be reborn until we identify the causes of black suffering, some of them self-inflicted. Why can't black leaders organize rallies around responsible sexuality, birth within marriage, parents reading to their children and students staying in school and doing homework?" Henry Louis Gates. IMG
"As a southerner born after the epic events of the civil rights movement, I've always wondered how on earth people of good will could have conceivably lived with Jim Crow - with the daily degradations, the lynchings in plain sight, and, as the movement gathered force, with the fire hoses and the police dogs and the billy clubs." Jon Meacham. IMG
"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it." Martin Luther King, Jr.. IMG
"Right, good temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." Daniel Handler. IMG
"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." Martin Luther King, Jr.. IMG
"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr.. IMG
"Hate is too great a burden to bear...." Coretta Scott King. IMG

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