South Carolina slaves gather at the Stono River for a march to fight for freedom. I found this important because it shows that even back then African-Americans were using nonviolent methods to gain their rights.
The NAACP, an interracial group fighting for civil rights, is founded. After Emmett Till, this group is heavily funded to fight back for black's rights.
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
The US Supreme court rules that the segregating of schools is unconstitutional, making it legal for African-Americans to attend all white schools.
Emmett Till Murdered
When a 14 year-old boy is brutally murdered in Mississippi, the civil rights movement is kicked off and heavily supported. Half of the nation wants immediate results in Mississippi after seeing his corpse.
Rosa Parks Bus Seat
An African-American woman named Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat up to a white man on the bus. After being arrested, she inspires many to stand up to the whites. This launches the Montgomery Bus Boycott
The SCLC was a major force which lead the nonviolent principals of the Civil Rights Movement.
The 24th Amendment abolished the poll taxes against African-Americans, enabling them to vote.
President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Civil Rights Act gets rid of discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin. It also provides the federal government the powers to enforce desegregation of voting, education, and employment.
I Have A Dream
At least 200,000 march into Washington to listen to Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech: the "I have a Dream" speech. When learning about the Civil Rights Movement, this is one of the most important speeches given.
Assassination of King
Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, which leads to riots in 125 cities in 29 states.