"A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi... has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States.  It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for."  --  Thurgood Marshall

"It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites.  Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it."  --  Maya Angelou

"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.  The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both.  But it must be a struggle.  Power concedes nothing without a demand.  It never did and it never will." -- Frederick Douglass


"Civil rights" are enforceable privileges, usually of a fundamental nature, relating to personal liberty, social freedom or equality, which if violated, give rise to a cause of action in state or federal court.  Most rights are guaranteed by the federal or state constitutions, but may also be provided for or outlined by statute or even regulation.