Civil Rights Movement

  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Plessy v. Ferguson
    This Supreme Court case allowed Jim Crow laws to be enforced and was used as a precedent in future cases until Brown v. Board of Education. It hindered the attainment of Civil Rights.
  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    In this Supreme Court case, it was determined that the policy of "separate but equal" was unconstitutional when it came to education.
  • Emmett Till's Murder

    Emmett Till's Murder
    Young Emmett Till was killed by a white man and brutally misfigured before being thrown in a river. Pictures of his open casket impacted the public.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, so she was arrested. Then the bus system was boycotted, and since ⅔ of riders were black, their boycott was successful in allowing them to sit where they wanted on buses.
  • Little Rock School Desegregation

    Little Rock School Desegregation
    After a high school in Arkansas was desegregated, nine African American students attended the school while facing opposition. Their persistence matched the rest of the Civil Rights community's determination to end injustice.
  • Greensboro/Nashville Sit-Ins

    Greensboro/Nashville Sit-Ins
    In order to get the attention of the town, Civil Rights Activists decided to use civil disobedience as well as a boycott. They worked because they won the right to sit where they wanted at restaurants and diners.
  • March On Birmingham

    March On Birmingham
    African Americans tried to gather and protest by marching, but they were oppressed by police and firefighters. Viewers of the media saw children being attacked by police dogs and hosed with high-pressure water.
  • March On Washington

    March On Washington
    Supporters of Civil Rights marched to the Washington Memorial where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his "I Have A Dream Speech." It demonstrated their desire for truly equal rights.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Civil Rights Act of 1964
    After years of protest and persistence for equal rights, their goal was finally attained. They were legally given equal rights, although some thought it was not enough.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Voting Rights Act of 1965
    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 allowed to vote with less restrictions by making discriminative voting obstacles illegal.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination

    Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination
    He was killed by a white segregationist at Lorraine Motel in Tennessee. He was greatly respected for his contribution and accomplishments.