Civil Rights

  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

    This United States Supreme Court case was important because it finally gave minorities the opportunity to receive the same education, at the same facilities as white people.
  • The White Citizen's Council is formed

    The formation of this group is important because groups like the White Citizen's Council were the main opposition to the civil rights movement, and by keeping similar minds together, they became very stubborn and ignorant of civil rights issues, only wishing to keep the whites powerful.
  • Rosa Parks' Bus Ride

    Rosa Parks' protest to segregation was important because it showed many people how determined blacks were to be as free as the whites.
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    Montgomery Bus Boycott

    The boycott holds great significance because it proved that together, the oppressed minorities could change the world for equality, inspiring others to follow.
  • Little Rock Nine Attend "White" School on First Day

    This first day of school displayed the continued resistance of whites and showed how strongly their anti-black beliefs were, disobeying the Supreme Court's ruling.
  • Sit-ins Begin

    The Sit-in Movement changed policies, let whites see how dedicated the blacks were to gaining their rights, and gave a whole new view of how evil the racists really were acting.
  • Freedom Rides Begin

    These organized protests gained large attention nationally for the great violence that broke out over them as well as their great success in bringing new legislation.
  • Birmingham Protests Cause Chaos

    The demonstrations in Birmingham, met by the police's torturous methods, gave the civil rights movement even more popularity and influenced people against bigots like police leader Connor.
  • The March on Washington

    The 200,000+ person march, combined with several speakers and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, caused possibly the greatest influence throughout the nation and led to acts aimed towards civil rights equality.
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965

    This act was a great victory for blacks because it guarunteed suffrage to all people by banning literacy tests and other barriers to voting.