My Creative Response

Civil Rights

Sweatt v. Painter (1950)

1950

Hermann Sweatt applied to a Texan Law School but was denied entry because he was African-American. The university opened a separate black school. This case went to the Supreme Court because Sweatt didn't think the two schools would have equal opportunities. The case was in favor of Sweatt and his application was approved.

Brown v. BOE

1954

Brown v. Board of Education was a landmark court case that made it unconstitutional to segregate schools.

Montgomery Bus Boycott

1955 - 1956

This bus boycott started on December 1st 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man. This action became one of the turning points in the Civil Rights movement.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

1964

Voting Rights Act of 1965

1965

Church

Black Church protests

1948 - 1964

There were many Church protests; it was at its peak during the 1950s and the early 1960s.

Birmingham Baptist Church Bombing (1963)

1963

The Birmingham Baptist Church Bombing was a racial attack that killed 4 innocent children. It was later used as a supporting evidence for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Music

Strange Fruit (1939)

1939

It was a song that became a protest song. It was inspired by the church and eventually became a battle cry for the Civil Rights movement.

I have a dream (Free at Last) (1963)

1963

Martin Luther King Jr. gave this speech during the March on Washington in which he used the famous lyric "Free at Last".

We shall overcome

1963

It was a protest song that became a "key anthem" and became a battle cry for the African-American community.

People get ready

1965

It was a Top 10 song, and was another common protest song which became a slogan for the community.