Sam Mersing Protests Timeline

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    Major Civil Rights Protests

  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    Segregation of white and Negro children in the public schools of a State solely on the basis of race, pursuant to state laws permitting or requiring such segregation, denies to Negro children the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment -- even though the physical facilities and other "tangible" factors of white and Negro schools may be equal.
  • Montgomery bus boycott

    Montgomery bus boycott
    The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a political and social protest campaign that started in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, intended to oppose the city's policy of racial segregation on its public transit system.
  • Woolworth's sit-in

    Woolworth's sit-in
    four students from all-black North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College walked into a Woolworth five-and-dime with the intention of ordering lunch. But the manager of the Greensboro Woolworth had intentions of his own — to maintain the lunch counter's strict whites-only policy. Franklin McCain was one of the four young men who shoved history forward by refusing to budge.
  • Freedom Rides

    Freedom Rides
    The first Freedom Ride took place when seven blacks and six whites left Washington, D.C., on two public buses bound for the South. They intended to test the Supreme Court's ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which declared segregation in interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional.
  • Birmingham Children's March and boycott

    Birmingham Children's March and boycott
    A march by hundreds of school students in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, during the American Civil Rights Movement's Birmingham Campaign.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    The 1963 March on Washington attracted an estimated 250,000 people for a peaceful demonstration to promote Civil Rights and economic equality for African Americans.
  • Selma to Montgomery March

    Selma to Montgomery March
    Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama.