Civil Rights Movement

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Plessy v. Ferguson

May 18, 1896

Founding of NAACP

February 12, 1909

Founding of CORE

March 1942

Mendez v. Westminster

April 1947

Executive Order 9981

July 26, 1948

Executive order issued by President Harry Truman. Abolished racial discrimination in the armed forces and eventually led to the end of segregation in the services.

Brown v. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

Montgomery Bus Boycotts

December 1, 1955 - December 20, 1956

Founding of SCLC

January 10, 1957

Crisis at Little Rock

September 25, 1957

Greensboro Sit-ins

February 1, 1960

Founding of SNCC

April, 1960

Election of John F. Kennedy

November 8, 1960

Freedom Rides

May 4, 1961

James Meredith and Ole Miss (admitted)

October 1, 1962

Letter from Birmingham Jail

April 16, 1963

Assassination of Medgar Evers

June 12, 1963

March on Washington

August 28, 1963

Assassination of Kennedy

November 22, 1963

24th Amendment

January 23, 1964

Freedom Summer

June 1964

Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2, 1964

Death of Malcolm X

February 21, 1965

Voting Rights Act of 1965

August 6, 1965

Watts Riots

August 11, 1965 - August 17, 1965

Creation of the Black Panthers

1966

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