For the first time ever, a black man was part of a professional sport.
This was important because blacks and whites fighting together would lead to more of a motive to try and integrate with each other back in the US.
This was important because it would lead to more socializing between blacks and whites in school.
The murder of a 14 year old boy sent shock to the US and gave people realizations of what was happening in the south.
Inspired many blacks to not take the bus or not give up a seat on the bus.
The government showed that it was not going to allow discrimination or segregation anymore.
Blacks were demonstrating that they wouldn't give in to segregation.
It was a major role in sit-ins and in Freedom rides.
Forced inter-state commerce commision to desegregate buses and trains.
This was important because the hosing and releasing of attack dogs on children changed the tide and made more Americans want to side with the blacks.
Gave total equality to all different races.
This showed how brutally the blacks were treated and made people from the north feel sympathetic towards blacks.
Raised awareness of the difficulty faced by black voters.
Blacks could now vote for a leader that was more fair towards them.