- rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and certain Congressional acts, especially as applied to an individual or a minority group.
- the rights to full legal, social, and economic equality extended to blacks.
Origin of civil rights
Examples from the Web for civil rights
Moral clarity would dictate that civil-rights and other civic leaders would speak out against such a senseless act of violence.It’s Time to Hold Protesters Accountable
December 4, 2014
A product of the civil-rights era, Holder has consistently been one of the most liberal voices in the Obama administration.Eric Holder’s Legacy: Bold on Equality, Less So on Civil Liberties
Geoffrey R. Stone
September 26, 2014
The latest Snowden leak is big news, but old news: civil-rights leaders spied on because of who they are.New NSA Bombshell Proves ‘Muslim’ Equals ‘Suspicious’ in America
July 9, 2014
Since leaving Congress, McKinney has since gone on to compare 9/11 truthers to civil-rights activists.9/11 Truthers Can Be Politicians, Too
April 21, 2014
The history of civil-rights law is clearly on Jan Brewer's side with her veto of discriminatory SB 1062.Morally and Legally, the Right Call in Arizona
February 27, 2014
March 27 vetoed the civil-rights bill, but it was passed over his veto.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents
James D. Richardson
- the personal rights of the individual citizen, in most countries upheld by law, as in the US
- (modifier) of, relating to, or promoting equality in social, economic, and political rights
Word Origin and History for civil rights
1721, American English; specifically of black U.S. citizens from 1866.
A broad range of privileges and rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and subsequent amendments and laws that guarantee fundamental freedoms to all individuals. These freedoms include the rights of free expression and action (civil liberties); the right to enter into contracts, own property, and initiate lawsuits; the rights of due process and equal protection of the laws; opportunities in education and work; the freedom to live, travel, and use public facilities wherever one chooses; and the right to participate in the democratic political system.