If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public school available, if he cannot vote for the public officials who represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay?
You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.
Myrlie Evers, after the June 12, 1963 assassination of husband, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, in Jackson, Mississippi. A half century ago, an assassin shot Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers in the back outside his Jackson home. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this senseless, tragic event.
People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Those of you who are educated, those of us who recognize the responsibilities of an educated citizen, should now concern ourselves with whether we are providing an adequate education for all Americans, whether all Americans have an equal chance to develop their intellectual qualities, and whether we are preparing ourselves today for the educational challenges which are going to come before this decade is out.
I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won.
I want women to have help from the government. I want women to earn what men earn. I want everyone to earn enough so that everyone can make the right choice for their family, and after that, it’s none of your business who stays home and who goes to work.
My wish for the new millennium is for all children…to grow up wiser, and stronger and more prosperous for the future than ever before.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.