In 539 BC, Persian King Cyrus the Great issued the world’s first charter of human rights. He freed slaves, declared that all people had the right to choose their own religion, and established racial equality.

When notified of his selection for the Nobel , Martin Luther King Jr. announced he would turn over the prize money to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

An inmate filed a US$5 million lawsuit against himself. He claimed that he violated his own civil rights by getting arrested. He then asked the state to pay because he has no income in jail.