Timeline 1950´s US Racial Intolerance

  • Racism

    Started in the 17th Century and segregation ended in 1960´s
    Half percent of black families lived below the poverty line
    Migrant workers suffered appalling working and bad living conditions
  • Supreme court

    In June 1950, the Supreme Court issued two directives:
    The state of Texas had set up a ‘blacks-only’ law school. Its facilities were very poor.
    Oklahoma was also banned by the Supreme Court from segregating facilities within its graduate school of education. Up to the order, the college made African Americans use separate libraries, cafes etc. and during lectures they had to sit in an area of the classroom marked “Reserved for Coloureds”.
  • Levi Pearson,

    He was an African American farmer in South Carolina, who spoke out against the segregation of schools and assisted the NAACP. The local bank refused to advance him credit. Local white farmers who had always lent him equipment at harvest time refused to do so. Shots were fired at the home he lived in. To many this would have been enough to pull away from the problem and return to anonymity. To men like Pearson, it was treatment like this that spurred him on.
  • Korean War

    During this war, black and white men were for the first time mixed up and had to fight hand in hand. An all-black air fight squadron was one of the most succesful pilot groups and won a lot of awards
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  • The difference conditions white and black people lived

    +The white people controlled the black people
    ºBlack people couldn´tVote
    ºBlack people couldn´t marry or be in a relation with a white woman
    ºBlack and white children had to be in seperated school rooms
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    In 1955, he became heavily involved in the Montgomery, Alabama boycott of the city buses, which was spurred by the bus company’s insistence that African Americans only ride in the back seats. King’s support drew much attention to the cause and rallied many supporters even outside of the Montgomery area, which put pressure on bus companies all over the South to examine their own rules, and eventually, to change them. °Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act
  • Special events

    The goverment oredered to desegregate the students from a school.
    Rosa Banks, a black woman, was arrested because she refused giving her seat in the bus to a white woman. Then M.L.K. did a boycott to the bus station
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