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Brendan's Civil Rights Timeline- Protests (1954-1965)

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    Civil Rights Protests

    This span of time extends from 1954 to 1965 and displays the most influential & substantial events in all of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Brown Versus Board of Education

    Brown Versus Board of Education
    Linda Brown had to walk one mile through a railroad switchyard to get to her black elementary school, even though a white elementary school was only seven blocks away. Brown went to McKinley Burnett, the head of Topeka's branch of the National Association for the NAACP and asked for help.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    NAACP member Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat at the front of the "colored section" of a bus to a white passenger, defying a southern custom of the time. In response to her arrest the Montgomery black community launches a bus boycott.
  • Woolworth Sit-In

    Woolworth Sit-In
    Four black students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College begin a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter. Six months later the original four protesters are served lunch at the same Woolworth's counter.
  • Freedom Rides

    Freedom Rides
    student volunteers begin taking bus trips through the South to test out new laws that prohibit segregation in interstate travel facilities, which includes bus and railway stations. Several of the groups of "freedom riders," as they are called, are attacked by angry mobs along the way.
  • Birmingham Children's March and Boycott

    Birmingham Children's March and Boycott
    Fire hoses and police dogs are utilized against black demonstrators during civil rights protests in Birmingham, Alabama. These images of brutality, which are televised and published widely, are instrumental in gaining sympathy for the civil rights movement around the world.
  • March on Washington D.C.

    March on Washington D.C.
    People accumulate from all over the country as Martin Luther King delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. About 200,000 people join the March on Washington.
  • Selma to Montgomery March

    Selma to Montgomery March
    The first march took place on March 7, 1965- "Bloody Sunday"- when blacks begin a march to Montgomery in support of voting rights but are stopped at the Pettus Bridge by a police blockade. Fifty marchers are hospitalized after police use tear gas, whips, and clubs against them.