Supreme court decides to end racial segregation in public schools, although most schools remain segregated.
Rosa Parks Arrested
December 1st, 1955
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white man. Rosa is arrested. This marks the start of the Montgomery bus boycott, which will last over a year.
Little Rock Nine
September 4th, 1957
Nine African American students are blocked by a large group of white people and national guards from going into the school they were transferring to. President Eisenhower sends troops to escort them.
February 1st, 1960
Four African American college students staged a sit-in at a whites only lunch counter.
March on Washington
August 28th, 1963
250,000 people marched in front of Lincoln Memorial. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.
Bombing of Birmingham Baptist Church
September 15th, 1963
Three former Ku Klux Klan members bombed a Baptist church before sunday morning services. Four young girls were killed and many injured.
Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act of 1964
July 2nd, 1964
Act prohibits employment discrimination because of race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.
Selma to Montgomery March
March 7th, 1965
Six-hundred marchers protest against black voter suppression. Police attack them. Martin Luther King Jr. fights it in court and ends up finishing the court and ends up finishing the march of March 25th.
Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act of 1968
April 11th, 1968
Makes equal housing opportunity no matter your race, religion, or national origin.