Civil rights

Major Civil Rights Protests, 1954-1965

By tim2101
  • Montgomery bus boycott

    Montgomery bus boycott
    It was a political and social protest campaign that started in Montgomery, Alabama intended to oppose the city's policy of racial segregation on its public transit system. The boycott resulted in a financial deficit for the Montgomery public transit system, because the city's black population who were the drivers of the boycott were also the bulk of the system's paying customers.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    Brown vs. Board of Education
    It was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. It was declared on May 17th, 1954
  • Woolworth's sit-in

    Woolworth's sit-in
    On February 1, 1960, workers at a lunch counter in a Woolworths department store in Greensboro, North Carolina, refused to serve four black college students. Each day the students sat at the counter, waiting to be served. The Greensboro sit-in lasted for nearly six months, and ended with the black customers getting the service that they'd wanted all along.
  • Freedom Rides

    Freedom Rides
    Civil rights activists rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States to test the United States Supreme Court decision Boynton v. Virginia. The first freedom ride started on May 4th, 1961
  • Birmingham Children's March and Boycott

    Birmingham Children's March and Boycott
    The march was on May 2, 3, and 4. The purpose of the march was to walk downtown to talk to the mayor about segregation in their city. Many children left their schools in order to be arrested, set free, and then to get arrested again the next day.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963. Attended by some 250,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital.
  • Selma to Montgomery March

    Selma to Montgomery March
    The first march took place on March 7, 1965. It was known as "Bloody Sunday." 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas.