Rosa Parks refuses to change seats on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, sparking a yearlong bus boycott spearheaded by Martin Luther King Jr.
Six African Americans, Dr. George S. Simkins, Jr., Leon Wolfe, Joseph Sturdivant, Samuel Murray, Philip Cook and Elijah H. Herring were arrested for trying to integrate the city's Gillespie Course.
The U.S. Supreme Court outlaws bus segregation.
Greensboro becomes the first city in the Southeast to desegregate its all-white public schools when five black children enroll at Gillespie Park School.
Eisenhower sends U.S. Army troops to Little Rock, Ark., to enforce desegregation of schools.
Conservative school boards across North Carolina used legal and administrative actions to block desegregation.
Ezell Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), David Richmond, Joseph McNeil and Franklin McCain launch the Greensboro sit-ins In 54 states.
More than 500 students jam the Woolworth and Kress stores and the sidewalks in downtown Greensboro.
Dr. Martin Luther King visits Greensboro to show his support for civil rights protests begun by A&T students.
F.W. Woolworth agrees to integrate its Greensboro store.