Rosa Parks worked a hard day on December 1st, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. So as she huddled in her seat on the bus breathing the deep sigh of relief after a long day, it is no wonder she didn't feel like moving to the back of the bus to make room for another patron simply because of the color of her skin.
What followed was the "Montgomery Bus Boycott". One of the first steps in the peaceful, nonviolent protest of a generation seeking to end segregation among black and white Americans. So let's celebrate Rosa Parks' humble refusal that sparked an entire Nation to act with compassion towards one another with these civil rights quotes.
1. "To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." ~Abraham Lincoln
2. "You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law." ~Lyn Beth Neylon
3. "The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting." ~William J. Brennan, Jr.
4. "It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home." ~Carl T. Rowan
5. "A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess." ~A. Philip Randolph
6. "Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
7. "No man is above the law and no man below it." ~Theodore Roosevelt
8. "Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts." ~Bernard M. Baruch
9. "From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own." ~Carl Schurz
10. "Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself." ~Robert Ingersoll
11. "Civil Rights opened the windows. When you open the windows, it does not mean that everybody will get through. We must create our own opportunities." ~Mary Frances Berry
12. "Activism is my rent for living on this planet." ~Alice Walker
13. "It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working." ~Rosa Parks
Civil rights are not necessarily always put into practice. They are something still deeply fought for in the US and in countries around the globe. So let's channel our inner Rosa Parks and fight for equal treatment of our own neighbors. Even paying attention to who may need the seat on the bus more than you. Every great peaceful movement starts with a small action. Let these civil rights quotes be your guide.
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