Civil Rights

Events

Montgomery Bus Boycott

1955 - 1956

Political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery.

Little Rock 9

1957

Nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School.

Friendship 9

1960

Group of African American men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory's lunch counter.

Freedom rides

May 4, 1961 - Sep 1961

Civil Rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States.

March on Washington

1962

A march for jobs and freedom.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

September 15, 1963

Act of white supremacist terrorism. Resulting in 4 deaths.

Selma to Montgomery March

march 7 1965 - march 21 1965

Lead by Marti Luther King Jr. It was a three protest marches, held in 1965, along the 54-mile highway from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery

Black/Bloody Sunday

March 7, 1965

Peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery as protesters were brutally attacked.

Watts Riots

August 11 1965 - August 16 1965

Spurred from an incident when Marquette Frye, a African American motorist, was pulled over and arrested by Lee W. Minikus, a white California Highway Patrolman. Police officers and the crowd erupted in a violent exchange.

Orangebrug Massacre

1968

The shooting of protesters by South Carolina Highway Patrol officers.