Black Human Rights

The protection of our human rights is essential for us to live with dignity and self-respect. Read these timeless quotes from noted Blacks.

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.
Philip Randolph

Every man has a right to his own opinion. Every race has a right to its own action; therefore let no man persuade you against your will, let no other race influence you against your own.
Marcus Garvey

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up.
Martin Luther King, Jr

I stand here struggling for the rights of my people to be full citizens in this country. They are not--in Mississippi. They are not--in Montgomery. That is why I am here today. . . . You want to shut up every colored person who wants to fight for the rights of his people!.
Paul Robeson, Here I Stand

The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream

We ask for nothing that is not right, and herein lies the great power of our demand.
Paul Robeson

We ask for nothing that is not right, and herein lies the great power of our demand.
Paul Robeson

We can never have too much preparation and training. We must be a strong competitor. We must adhere staunchly to the basic principle that anything less than full equality is not enough. If we compromise on that principle our soul is dead.
Ralph Bunche, Journal of Negro Education

We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.
Malcolm X

When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.
Bayard Rustin