This set the bar for equality yet was almost universally not obeyed on the topic of race.
The "Social Services Act" of 1959 gave aboriginals that weren't "nomadic or primitive" many benefits that other citizens already had access to.
This was a large milestone where aboriginals for the first time could take part in the elections of political leaders, this gave them far more of a say and helped abolish segregation.
This protest was inspired by the American counterpart of 1961 and involved touring in busing to rural towns to picket or simply bring awareness via the media.
While it started as a strike for working conditions, it lead to a large peaceful protest about land usage lead by Vincent Lingiari
Vincent Lingiardi headed a movement with a petition to give the land back to the aboriginal peoples, this was denied by the governor general.
This change to the constitution was a big moment from the Holt government and meant that, along with other things, aboriginals be counted in the census. While not everything that was needed, this was a step in the right direction for racial equality.
A year after the changes to the constitution aboriginals were finally meant to be receiving equal pay. However this was not necesarilly always obeyed. it also had the side effect of many aboriginal workers being laid off with the pay spike.
This famous scene as Gough Witlam pours earth into Vincent Lingiardi's hand to symbolise the handing back 3,300km2 of aboriginal land. While not the end of the struggle this was the massive turning point from the government and the majority of society.
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, released Aboriginal Health, a report in which it found that ‘little progress has been made in raising the overall standard of Aboriginal health’ and that ‘this is a deplorable situation that would not be tolerated for non-Aboriginals’.
A famous song by midnight oil with a deep meaning about aboriginal persecution. Music is a good medium to get to society and shows how the reconciliation process was going.
This speech by Prime minister Paul Keating was in hindisight, a significant event. Paul Keating was the first Australian prime minister to publicly acknowledge to Indigenous Australians that European settlers were responsible for the difficulties Australian Aboriginal communities continued to face: "We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practiced discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice."
This report was an official look into the treatment of the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders focusing on the forcible removal of their children.
The current prime minister refused to apologise for the historic abuse justifying that it was an action committed by a past generation and his generation should not have to say sorry for it. This was met with much opposition.
This momentous occasion was when the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders finally got an apology for their mistreatment over the years and the present.
This set the bar for equality yet was almost universally disobeyed on the topic of race for years to come.
The supreme court ruled all for the desegregation of schools in this case. One of the main arguments in its favour was that it directly infringed the 14th amendment.
While segregation in school was illegal by this point it was not taking place in many schools. The supreme court decided to delegate the task of carrying out school desegregation to district courts saying that desegregation occur "with all deliberate speed".
A black boy was brutally murdered by 2 white men who, despite evidence, were ruled innocent by an all white jury. This become a signature case in the fight for civil rights.
Rosa Parks was black women sitting in her area of a bus, when ordered to move she refused and was subsequently jailed. This started the Alabama Bus Boycott movement.
This was regarded as the first large scale protest against segregation in american history. It included refusing to use the segregated busses in Montgomery, Alabama. After the protest the Supreme Court ordered Montgomery to desegregate their bus system. This movement put the young Martin Luther King into the spotlight.
An example of segregation and racism still excising in schools and society as black students were blocked access to a white school. With lots of protesting and authorities present, the 'Little Rock Nine" eventually prevailed.
Comprised of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles K. Steele and Fred L. Shuttlesworth, the SCLC proved to be a major force in organizing the civil rights movement with a principle base of nonviolence and civil disobedience. King believed it was essential for the civil rights movement not sink to the level of the racists and hate mongers who opposed them. "We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline," he urged.
A group of 13 African-American and white civil right activists protested the segregation in busses by using facilieties designed for exclusively white people. Despite receiving violence from the white populaiton it was successful due to the media attention in September 1961 it was ruled illegal to have a segregated bus or train station.
This was a large change to official civil rights with many new laws and guidelines. The biggest of which was making it illegal for discrimination of any kind based on race, colour, religion or national origin. While an official ruling this doesn't dictate society and much was still going on long after this.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an important figure for human rights and this tragedy rocked the world. He was most famous for his "I Have A Dream" speech and also has many other achievements alongside this.
Overriding President Ronald Reagan's veto, Congress passed the Civil Rights Restoration Act, which expanded the reach of nondiscrimination laws within private institutions receiving federal funds.