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Protests Timeline

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  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    Brown vs. Board of Education
    This was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. The decision overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of 1896 which allowed state-sponsored segregation. It was handed down on May 17, 1954 after months of arguring.
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  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    This 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. Many historically significant figures of the civil rights movement were involved in the boycott, including Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and others.
  • The Freedom Rides

    The Freedom Rides
    These were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States to test the United States Supreme Court decision Boynton v. Virginia. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961, and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17.
  • Birmingham's Children's March

    Birmingham's Children's March
    The Children's Crusade was the name bestowed upon a march by hundreds of school students in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 2, May 3, and May 4, 1963, during the American Civil Rights Movement's Birmingham Campaign. Initiated and organized by Rev. James Bevel, 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.
  • Woolworth's Sit-In

    Woolworth's Sit-In
    These were a series of nonviolent protests which led to the department store chain reversing its policy of racial segregation in the Southern United States. Sit-ins were an instrumental action, leading to increased national sentiment at a crucial period in US history.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    This was a large political rally in support of civil and economic rights for African Americans that took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial harmony at the Lincoln Memorial during the march.
  • Selma to Mon

    Selma to Mon
    These were three marches in 1965 that marked the political and emotional peak of the American civil rights movement. They grew out of the voting rights movement in Selma, Alabama, launched by local African-Americans who formed the Dallas County Voters League