civil rights

plural noun

Definition of civil rights

: the nonpolitical rights of a citizen especially : the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution and by acts of Congress was charged with violating the victim's civil rights

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The Navajo Nation sued the federal agency and Winslow, claiming Tsingine's civil rights were violated., "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 The couple has filed a $10 million claim against the city, alleging civil rights violations. Washington Post, "The Latest: Phoenix man in video calls for police firings," 19 June 2019 The day was celebrated occasionally until it was revived during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Leada Gore |,, "Juneteenth 2019: June 19 holiday celebrates the emancipation of slaves," 19 June 2019 June 17, 201901:36 The couple filed a $10 million claim against the city alleging civil rights violations as a precursor to a lawsuit. NBC News, "Phoenix police chief promises change after officers pulled guns over stolen doll," 19 June 2019 The black pieces have categories based on the theory of intersectionality by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, an American lawyer, civil rights advocate and scholar on race and gender. Dallas News, "West Dallas sculpture park provides an oasis in a rapidly changing neighborhood," 19 June 2019 In the 1960s, Juneteenth declined in popularity as the civil rights movement gathered steam, according to the Handbook. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "June 19 marks 154 years of Juneteenth celebrations," 18 June 2019 In pursuit of justice, the couple has filed a $10 million claim against the city accusing officers of violating their civil rights. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Phoenix Family Wants Cops Fired After Being Held At Gunpoint," 18 June 2019 His staff is more diverse and he’s been prompted to talk about his personal history, which includes his time in college as a civil rights activist in Chicago. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of civil rights

circa 1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for civil rights

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: the rights that every person should have regardless of his or her sex, race, or religion

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