I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to go to school every day and do my homework.
Doing away with separate black colleges meets resistance from alumni and other blacks.
In high school, I won a prize for an essay on tuberculosis. When I got through writing the essay, I was sure I had the disease.
There appears to be no limit as to how far the women’s revolution will take us.
I rejected the notion that my race or sex would bar my success in life.
The Constitution, as originally drawn, made no reference to the fact that all Americans wre considered equal members of society.
In high school, I discovered myself. I was interested in race relations and the legal profession. I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to be the most difficult of professions.
The women’s rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged; except for Bella Abzug, I had no women supporters.
Today’s white majority is largely silent about the race question.
We African Americans have now spent the major part of the 20th Century battling racism.
Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century. I see class warfare as overshadowing both.
I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted.
We Americans entered a new phase in our history – the era of integration – in 1954.
The last state to admit a black student to the college level was South Carolina.
Whites would rather not be involved in race matters, I think.
When Thurgood Marshall became a lawyer, race relations in the United States were particularly bad.
We knew then what we know now; only exemplary blacks are acceptable.
Too many whites still see blacks as a group apart.
There is no longer a single common impediment to blacks emerging in this society.
The middle class, in the white population, encompasses a wide swath.
The legal difference between the sit-ins and the Freedom Riders was significant.
The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor
The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor.
New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population, the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves.
My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks.