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Donald J. Trump, Jeff Sessions, Kristen Clarke and Simone Bell, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Civil Rights. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 70 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 83 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Donald J. Trump is: “Education is the civil rights issue of our time. We want millions more to have the same chance to achieve the great success that you're achieving. The love you have for what you do is really fantastic.”.

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Ibrahim Hooper

It's part of being the nation's most prominent, active American-Muslim Civil rights and advocacy organization. We get it every day, particularly from the right wing of the political spectrum.

Preet Bharara

I am honored to join the NYU School of Law, one of the great educational institutions in America, and I welcome the chance to contribute in such a thoughtful setting. I am thrilled for this opportunity to continue addressing the issues I so deeply c[...]

John Crew

This is a problem not just for San Francisco. It's a problem around the country of local police assigning officers to the FBI under arrangements that have not been scrutinized in the past, where local civil rights and racial profiling policies are g[...]

Michael Knowles

It took a very long time to research this book. I've been observing the Democratic Party for at least 10 years now and when I observed their record and reasons to vote for them – on reasons of economics or foreign policy or homeland security or civi[...]

Huang Xihua

You can't turn people's willingness to have babies on and off like a water tap. Once having fewer children becomes a trend, it's hard to reverse. Females reach sexual maturity at around 14 years old, and males at 16. That means Chinese people are se[...]

Jonathan Capehart

If an enduring face of the pain and promise of the Civil Rights movement is Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), then Peggy Wallace Kennedy has become a symbol of racial reconciliation. In speeches and interviews over the past few years, the diminutive daughter[...]

Morris Mock

It's empowering to see so many leaders, both here and abroad, offering their support to us as we speak out against Nissan's attacks on our civil rights at the plant. I have two daughters, and I want them to grow up in a community where they will hav[...]

Radley Balko

Seven Baltimore police officers have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, including “shaking down citizens, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims.” This all went on as the Justice Department was investigating t[...]

Max Vernon

All those people were facing very real oppression, but they were still figuring out how to be colorful and connected as a community. They were at the birth of a political movement, and now we are experiencing a resurgence of that militant civil righ[...]

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

Dreaming is one of humanity's greatest gifts; it champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward. In a world without dreams there would be no art, no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, and no civil rig[...]

Donald J. Trump

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeter[...]

Brandon Johnson

I don't know if it's through cutting of use of funding or civil rights lawsuits, since a lot of these universities do engage in organized conspiracies to suppress assembly by conservative groups. If professors are saying 'Trump is Hitler' in class, [...]

Rachel Tiven

Enforcement of federal civil rights law is not a states' rights issue. Full stop.

Ali Vitali - National Broadcasting Company

Acosta served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, selected by the president in August 2003. Acosta was a member of the National Labor Relations Board and also served as Principal Deputy Assista[...]

Kristen Clarke

This egregious conduct played out under Mr. Acosta's watch and undermined the integrity of the Civil Rights Division. It is hard to believe that Mr. Acosta would now be nominated to lead a federal agency tasked with promoting lawful hiring practices[...]

Glenn McCoy - Belleville News-Democrat

My cartoon was about how, in this day and age, decades beyond the civil rights protests, it's sad that people are still being denied the right to speak freely or do their jobs or enter public buildings because others disagree with who they are or ho[...]

Alan Milstein

I do not believe the lawsuit has merit. The argument that this was a 'private' Twitter feed makes no sense. Whether one is a journalist, athlete, politician, or any public figure, your Twitter account is part of your public persona. No one follows M[...]

Coretta Scott King

Civil rights leaders, including my husband and Albert Turner, have fought long and hard to achieve free and unfettered access to the ballot box. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black ci[...]

Arthur Hellman

The reputation is certainly deserved based on the history of the last 40 years or so. It's been more liberal, by which we mean more sympathetic to habeas petitioners, civil rights plaintiffs, anti-trust cases, immigration cases. But it's less of an [...]

Ashleigh Hansberger

Both generations have a sensitivity to important social and political causes. Optimistic boomers marched for civil rights in the sixties, while millennials were at the front of the Occupy movement and at the center of the Obama campaigns. Both gener[...]

Betsy DeVos

Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow. Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made a determination about the merits [...]

Lee Gelernt

The community support from everyone in New York and around the country is absolutely critical. Any successful civil rights movement needs the technical lawyering in court and the enormous support from the public.

Laura Dern

I feel hopeful with the daily reminder that we peacefully protest, that we believe in our own internal revolution, that we honour our constitution and human rights which are women's rights and civil rights.

Ted Lieu

Trump -- who lost the popular vote -- has made a series of racist, sexist and bigoted statements. In addition, he has attacked Gold Star parents, veterans such as John McCain and now civil rights icon John Lewis.

Mike Pence

Donald Trump has every right to defend himself. When you have someone like John Lewis … for someone of his stature not only in the civil rights movement but in the voting rights movement to make the comment is deeply disappointing.

Rand Paul

John Lewis is a partisan. I have a great deal of respect for him, but he's a partisan and I disagree with him on issues. I should be able to honestly disagree with him and not have it all come back to I have no appreciation for a civil rights icon b[...]

Terri Sewell

Today, Birmingham takes its rightful place as the epicenter of the fight for Civil Rights in America. It is such a great tribute to the people of the City of Birmingham that President Obama would make this designation as one of his last actions befo[...]

Corey Booker

I believe like perhaps all of my colleagues that in the choice between standing with Senate norms or standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country, I will always choose conscience and country. If one is to be attorney general, [...]

Jeff Sessions

I was accused in 1986 of failing to protect the voting rights of African-Americans […] and of condemning civil rights advocates and organizations and even harbouring, amazingly, sympathies for the KKK. These are damnably false charges. I abhor the K[...]

Jeff Sessions

It wasn't accurate then. I know we need to do better, we can never go back. I am totally committed to maintaining the freedom and equality that this country has to provide to every citizen, I can assure you. He "understands the history of civil righ[...]

Jeff Sessions

I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. The Office of the Attorney General of the Uni[...]

Jeff Sessions

I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it. I understand the demands[...]

Cornell William Brooks

As a matter of conscience and conviction, we can neither be mute nor mumble our opposition to Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions becoming Attorney General of the United States. Senator Sessions has callously ignored the reality of voter suppressi[...]

Simone Bell

LGBT rights aren't a bargaining chip. Charlotte shouldn't have had to repeal its ordinance in exchange for H.B. 2 to be repealed. LGBT people in North Carolina still need protection from discrimination. The right action is for the North Carolina Leg[...]

Rizwan Jaka

I believe our nation must come together in unity and healing. I believe we must continue to advocate for religious freedom, better race relations, women's rights, national security, civil rights and counter bigotry in all forms.

Bill Gates - Microsoft

Nate is a great example of what it takes to be an effective teacher. He works hard at his craft, always searching for ways to make a subject relevant for his students. For example, he uses 'Star Wars' to help explain Civil Rights. It's pretty amazin[...]

Carolyn White

This was a pure power grab. I got arrested two years ago. Did it make any difference? No. But just like the civil rights movement, it's forward together. You just have to keep going forward.

Darnell Hunt

The criticism of Hollywood has been in the past that if you are making a black film, it's either going to be about slavery or civil rights.

Tim Cook - Apple

We put our weight behind lots of things in the civil rights area. Similarly, I think it's key that people think about what they stand for and help their communities. We always say that we want to leave the world better than we found it. So, we try t[...]

John B. King Jr.

The final rules give states more time and flexibility to provide every student with a high-quality, well-rounded education while ensuring that states and districts keep the focus on improving outcomes and maintaining civil rights protections for all[...]

John B. King Jr.

The practice has been clearly and repeatedly linked to negative health and academic outcomes for students. It is opposed by parent organizations, teachers unions, medical and mental health professionals and civil rights advocates as a wholly inappro[...]

Gianni Pittella

Turkey under Mr Erdogan is more and more drifting towards an authoritarian regime. Our political message towards Turkey is that human rights, civil rights, democracy are non-negotiable if you want to be part of the EU.

Marc Morial - National Urban League

We expect the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a thorough and complete examination to determine if he is fit to serve as the nation's chief enforcer of civil rights law. Every American should be concerned about the direction of the U.S. Depar[...]

Kristen Clarke

Our nation deserves an attorney general who will be committed to enforcement of our nation's civil rights laws and who will not turn the clock back on progress that has been made.

Thomas Figures

I believe that the statements and actions of Mr. Sessions regarding race, and regarding civil rights, impact tremendously on whether he is decent.

LeBron James

Every professional athlete, regardless of race and gender, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Muhammad Ali. His legacy deserves to be studied and revered by every generation. I am honored to partner with the Smithsonian to celebrate one of the most in[...]

Carl Icahn

Donald is going to surround himself with some very good people. He'll be a guy to do what you need to build consensus. He'll do it like Lyndon Johnson did it. Who would have thought Lyndon Johnson could get the Civil Rights Act through? There are so[...]

Shonda Rhimes

These women have fundamentally altered the course of civil rights in America. I believe (they) are patriots in the strongest sense of the word, for they are trying to form a more perfect union.

Brett Carr - FBI

The FBI Jackson Division is aware of the situation in Greenville, and we are working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed.

Lili Bernard

He is paralleling my holding him accountable for his drugging and raping me, and the other 60 of us holding him accountable for drugging and raping us ... to his being a victim of racism, to him being a victim of a modern-day lynching. What that doe[...]

Charles Upchurch

Jobs for one, but right now justice. ... Civil rights for everybody. We want justices whenever we go to our courts, justice when we go downtown to the police station.

Donald J. Trump

One of the greatest betrayals has been the issue of immigration. Illegal immigration violates the civil rights of African-Americans that's what's been happening. No group has been more economically harmed by decades of illegal immigration than low-i[...]

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

They openly espoused confrontations with police agencies, that as we know resulted in well-publicized attacks, shoot-outs and deaths. And, they seemed to present a violence-tinged alternative to the non-violent, legalistic, work-within-the-system ap[...]

Phil Harris - Geofeedia

That said, we understand, given the ever-changing nature of digital technology, that we must continue to work to build on these critical protections of civil rights.

Henry Claypool

There are some people who are just so isolated that it really compromises their ability to enjoy their basic civil rights.

Terry McAuliffe

Restoring these Virginians' civil rights is morally the right thing to do.

Donald J. Trump

I believe we need a civil rights agenda for our time. One that insures the rights to a great education, so important, and the right to live in safety and in peace, and to have a really, really great job, a good paying job, and one you love to go to [...]

Donald J. Trump

I believe we need a civil rights agenda for our time, one that ensures the rights to a great education, so important, and the right to live in a good-paying job and one that you love to go to every morning. That can happen. We need to bring our comp[...]

Terry McAuliffe

Restoring the rights of Virginians who have served their time and live, work and pay taxes in our communities is one of the pressing civil rights issues of our day. I have met these men and women and know how sincerely they want to contribute to our[...]

Vanita Gupta

USERRA ensures that service members like Lt. Col. Fandrei who answer our nation's call to duty don't return to civilian life and find their employment benefits denied and their civil rights violated.

Lee Wesley

We urge the Justice Department to conduct an investigation beyond just a civil rights violation because perhaps some other laws, both state and local laws, were violated, and they need to be investigated as well.

Craig DeLuz

The California Legislature showed their true faces today. They abused the legislative process to enact their depraved anti-civil rights agenda.

Mike Fichter

Today a federal judge denied the civil rights of unborn children, then proceeded to equate aborted children to common medical waste by blocking dignified disposal. This ruling is an appalling human rights injustice.

Eric Swalwell

This was a historic, breakthrough moment. This isn't just noise. As Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights icon who led us onto the floor Wednesday, has said, it's good trouble, necessary trouble. ... Decades-old House rules from the pre-internet [...]

Edward Blum

As long as universities like the University of Texas continue to treat applicants differently by race and ethnicity, the social fabric that holds us together as a nation will be weakened. Today's decision is a sad step backward for the original, col[...]

Bill Owens

It is not a civil rights issue. I don't want my daughter in the restroom with a man. I don't want my wife in the restroom with a man. It is sick.

Mac Thornberry

My understanding is that the provision that the gentleman refers to is a restatement of the religious liberties from the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Not what that tells me, if he opposes the bill based on that, is that there are members of looking for so[...]

Jocelyn Samuels

This case sends an important message that OCR [the HHS Office for Civil Rights] will not permit covered entities to compromise their patients' privacy by allowing news or television crews to film the patients without their authorization. And then I [...]

Frederick Harris

The Black Lives Matter movement has been able to accomplish within two years where the civil rights establishment, President Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus haven't been able to do in six years. The question is: Will it be sustained, after [...]

Annemarie Jacir

My family is from Bethlehem, which was occupied in 1967. I was interested in doing something about this time period that was a tragedy for the Palestinians, but also a time of great hope. All over the world, not just in Palestine, but everywhere, yo[...]

Barack Obama

The report's narrative was woefully familiar. It evoked the kind of abuse and disregard for citizens that spawned the Civil Rights Movement. But I rejected the notion that nothing's changed. What happened in Ferguson may not be unique, but it's no l[...]

Jesse Jackson

The vote made us feel good about ourselves. But there was another element that felt very threatened and they should not have. The south should not feel threatened by our progress. Civil rights have made the new south prosper. I mean, you could not h[...]

Dmitry Medvedev

The 30th of October is the date to commemorate the millions of broken destinies, people who had been executed without any trial or process. Those people who had been sent to the concentration camps, deprived of their civil rights just because they h[...]

Harrison Ford

We overcame that. We changed that. We recognized that it was a wrong thing and by (the) power of the commitment of these two men, things changed. And there's more to be done. There's more change to be wrought. But without what happened in baseball, [...]

Raul Grijalva

It is a split decision and I am very disappointed in the section that was found constitutional. I think it opens the door for increased violation of civil rights and discrimination.

Vladimir Putin

In Ukraine, as you can see, our compatriots, Russian people and people of other nationalities, saw their language, culture and civil rights threatened. What kind of reaction did our partners expect from us after how events unfolded in Ukraine? We ce[...]

Bill Nighty

If you ask me, or anyone of my generation 'What are the most important developments in your lifetime?' Like myself, many people would point to the emancipation of gay men and women in our lifetime. And the Civil Rights movement in America, perhaps. [...]

Chadwick Boseman

Around the same time that I heard of Martin Luther King, I heard of Jackie Robinson. They kind of just go together when you're talking about civil rights.

Maxim Leo

I tried to write a book about how I remembered the former German Democratic Republic. Most books and movies about this subject deal with people in the Stasi or in the opposition movement for civil rights. There is nothing between these two subjects.[...]

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