Civil Rights

  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    By declaring that segregation was unconstitutional in schools, it paved a wa for protesting segregation in other aspects of life.
  • Rosa Parks Arrested

    Rosa Parks is arrested for sitting in the white section of the bus
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    Martin Luther King, Charles K. Steele, and Fred L. Shuttlesworth establish the Southern Christian Leadership and King was the president. The SCL becomes a major force in civil rights movement and bases its principle on nonviolence and civil disobedience.
  • Sit-in

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    Four African American college students hold a sit-in to integrate a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., launching a wave of similar protests across the South.
  • Congress of Racial Equality

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    The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) begins to organize Freedom Rides throughout the South to try to de-segregate interstate public bus travel.
  • James Meredith

    James Meredith becomes the first black student to enrol at the University of Mississippi.
  • Martin Luther King arrested

    Martin Luther King is arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham, Ala.
  • March on Wahington

    About 20,000 people join on the March on Washington
  • 4 girls killed

    Four young girls attend Sunday School are killed when a bomb explodes at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a popular location for civil rights meetings. Riots erupt in Birmingham, leading to the death of two more black youths
  • Black Voting

    The 24th Amendment abolishs poll tax, which orginally had been instituted in 11 southern states after Reconstruction to make it difficult for poor blacks to vote.
  • Council of Federated Organization

    In Summer the Council of Federated Organizations, a network of civil rights groups that includes CORE and SNCC, launches a massive effort to register black voters.
  • Nobel Peace Prize

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national orgin.
  • Voting Rights Act

    Congress passes the Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it easier for Southern blacks to register to vote. Literacy tests, poll taxes, and other such requirements that were used to restrict black voting are made illegal.
  • Loving vs. Virginia

    In Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court rules that prohibiting interracial marriage is unconstitutional. Sixteen states that still banned interracial marriage at the time are forced to revise their laws.
  • Martin Luther King assassinated

    Martin Luther King is Assassinated