Civil Rights Movement

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  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Plessy was of seven-eighths Caucasian descent and one-eighth African descent. He purchased a train ticket and sat in the "whites only" section of the car. He was denied this advantage and when told to get up he refused and was arrested, Even though he lost his case, this event had a large impact in our nation because it opened peoples' eyes and informed everyone that segragation was not equal and was in fact a violation of the 13th & 14 ammendment.
  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown's daughter had to walk a couple more miles to get to her "all black" school; she had to pass an "all white school on her way every day. Brown didn''t understand why her daughter had to walk farther when there was a school closer to where they lived. When Brown went to court, they came to the conclusion that no, it wasn't right or equal at all and he won the case.
  • Emmett Till murder

    The murder of young Emmett Till had opened the eyes of many Americans over the country. He was brutally killed for speaking to a white woman. Till's mother asked for an open casket so that the everybody could see what they did to his son. The U.S didn't realise how bad the segregation in the country was.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Black people refused to use the bus services and either walked or carpooled with others. This had resulted in bus services to loosing customers and money. The governement finally decided to make a law to stop the seperation of whites and blacks on public transportaion,
  • Little Rock School desegregation

    A group of young black students were to attend Little Rock. The public was very much angry and against it. The children were harassed and bullied. The governor had refused to put a stop to segregation, but was later forced to by president Eisenhower.
  • Sit-ins in Greensboro/Nashville

    African Americans decided to go and sit in pubic “whites only” places. They refused to react with violence when being confronted and most were arrested. They accepted their “punishments” and were proud of it. Store owners realised that most of their customers were black and they were losing money.
  • March on Birmingham

    Children and young students boycotted in Birmingham; parents and adults did not partake in this event because of the chance that they may lose their jobs. Students were hosed down and arrested by police officers.
  • March on Washington

    Thousands of African Americans went to Washington DC to boycott and listen to MLK's speech. They fought for their freedom and equality. This lead to the Civil Rights Act.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    The Civil Rights Act outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national/relegious minorities, and women in the United States. The nation had enforced the law that everyone was to have the same advantages/oportunities in life and everyone was to be treated equally,
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The Voting Rights Act was created to enforce the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States. All men, black or white, were given the right to vote.
  • Martin Luther King Assassinated

    MLK received many death threats because of his role and involvement in the civil rights movement. He was basically the leader of the Civil Rights movement and many people looked up to him and followed his beliefs. King was assassianted by a white man named James Earl Ray. People continued to follow King's guideance and did not react with violence.