civil right

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n civil right right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality
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Quotations

  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    “Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list.”
  • William Jennings Bryan
    William Jennings Bryan
    “Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    Hubert%20H.%20Humphrey
    “There are those who say to you -- we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.”
  • Junius
    Junius
    “The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    Lyndon%20B.%20Johnson
    “A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face.”
  • Louis D. Brandeis
    Louis D. Brandeis
    “The right to be alone -- the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized man.”

Usage

In literature:

Give 'em their civil rights,' says he.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
On the right hand are the ruins of Wilton Castle, built in Stephen's reign, and burned in the Civil War.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
They should have in the state equal civil and political rights with believers.
"The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens" by Georg Jellinek
Those who live on the property of others, like rats, have no right to expect civil treatment!
"The Rambles of a Rat" by A. L. O. E.
The Civil Rights of Women were ably discussed by the Rev.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Johns, Laura M, 10; on Civil Rights, 19.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
The law should also protect the pecuniary and other civil rights of the conjoint who wishes to continue life in common.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The King in opening Parliament promised a bill to give civil rights to women.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Every day I have neared civilization I have grown less sure that our way is the right way.
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
Among the peoples of a lower civilization, mother-right conditions prevail generally, or have not yet been long overcome.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
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In poetry:

They framed the Bill of Civil Rights,
By which his living was secured
Against those vile malevolent whites
Whose souls to treason were inured.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Mister Chairman; - er - ah - when
We right-thinking business men
Are treated with much scant - um - er - civility,
I say the time has come
For us to - er - ah - um -
To defend our rights and - er - respectability.
"The Logic Of Anti-Sosh" by C J Dennis
And neither the Emancipation Proclamation
nor the Civil War nor one constitutional
amendment after another nor one Civil Rights
legislation after another could bring about a
yielding of the followers of that gospel
to the beauty of our human face.
"Jim Crow: The Sequel" by June Jordan

In news:

ATLANTA — The father of Martin Luther King Jr is remembered as a prominent Atlanta preacher and civil rights leader.
Civil rights groups are suing Florida over the state's voter purging initiative and The Advancement Project's co-director Penda Hair explains why.
A suit filed by the family of Albuquerque civil rights lawyer Mary Han says APD chief Ray Schultz, former Public Safety Director Darren White and other city officials deprived her of her rights on the night of her death two years ago.
The federal government is investigating whether the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety violated the civil rights of Iranian immigrants by refusing to provide them with driver's license tests in their native Farsi language.
It was easy to cast it as a way for a noble statesman to make a rare stand on a matter of conscience (though the filibuster 's less savory but more frequent mid-20th century use was for killing civil rights bills).
Florynce Kennedy, a lawyer and political activist whose flamboyant attire and sometimes outrageous comments drew attention to her fierce struggle for civil rights and feminism, died on Thursday in her Manhattan apartment.
Famed Civils Rights Folk Singer Odetta Dies.
Prominent civil rights folk singer Odetta died at 77 from heart disease at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital Tuesday.
Armstrong, who died in 2009, cut hair for more than 50 years at the shop, which became a hub for the civil rights movement.
Coming in a "spirit of mercy," veteran civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said he will speak at a public forum Thursday on behalf of a former Oklahoma State University basketball player recently was convicted of rape and sexual assault.
A $2.5 million settlement check from the Illinois State Police to former death row inmate Randy Steidl must be in hand by June 15, according to records in a civil rights lawsuit pending in federal court.
AP file photo Civil rights demonstrators gather between the Washington Monument, left, and the Lincoln Memorial on Aug 28, 1963, at the conclusion of a march on the capital led by the Rev.
The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip-Hop (NYU Press), but it's not so much what he's saying as how he says it that captures the ear.
Civil rights organizations would have rushed to support the officer.
ST CLOUD – A member of the Civil Rights Movement's groundbreaking Freedom Rider s addressed St Cloud State University today.
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