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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The rights belonging to an individual by virtue of citizenship, especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and by subsequent acts of Congress, including civil liberties, due process, equal protection of the laws, and freedom from discrimination.
  • adj. Of or relating to such rights or privileges: civil rights legislation.
  • adj. Of or relating to a political movement, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, devoted to securing equal opportunity and treatment for members of minority groups.

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  • n. Those rights which are expressly enumerated in the U.S. Constitution and are considered to be unquestionable, deserved by all people under all circumstances, especially without regard to race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender and disabilities.

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Examples

  • “The civil rights movement was primarily a religious movement,” adds the historian Wilson Fallin in the same film, “a movement of people who believed in God and who were convinced that God would help them overcome segregation.”

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • But what has to be explained is why this feminist vanguard suddenly found themselves leading millions of women who had never participated in the antiwar or civil rights movements, including many women who were embarrassed by the bra-shedding and the man-baiting aspects of feminism.

    Why Nothing Works

  • No imperial-period importation, but a contemporary of the civil rights era and Woodstock.

    American Chinatown

  • Not only was Harvey Gantt a Democrat, not only was Harvey Gantt a black Democrat, he was a black Democrat civil rights hero who had twice run and lost against Jesse Helms for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

    How to Rig an Election

  • However, Rauscher immediately obtained from the emperor the annulment of the sentence and of the consequences which it entailed with respect to civil rights and relations.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • She was working in her garden with a little transistor radio perched near her, listening to a broadcast about the three young civil rights workers who had disappeared in Mississippi, when the phone rang and Amy Fox, an old friend from Meyersville, came screaming on about Samantha.

    The Women’s Room

  • I said, For Mr. Sammy Davis Jr., the man who birthed the civil rights movement almost single-handedly, to call me a true original, is to me the greatest moment in my life as a Jew.

    Roseanne Archy

  • My favorite Shelley Winters story that I can tell in print was the time Shelley started to act out her Oscar-winning scene from Lilies of the Field on set, and scream out the N-word over and over as a way of showing both of our cameramen, both black men, how enamored she was of the civil rights movement.

    Roseanne Archy

  • Gandhi began his paradigm-shifting work when he was still a fledgling lawyer sent to South Africa to argue cases involving civil rights abuses heaped on the community of Indian laborers living there in the early years of the twentieth century.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • In 1961 Young had left his position as a pastor to work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the church-centered civil rights organization led by King.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

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