Civil Rights Movement
President Harry Truman issues Executive Order 9981 to end segregation in the Armed Services
July 26, 1948
Brown v. Board of Education, a consolidation of five cases into one, is decided by the Supreme Court, effectively ending racial segregation in public schools. Many schools, however, remained segregate
May 17, 1954
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Her defiant stance prompts a year-long Montgomery bus boycott
December 1, 1955
Sixty black pastors and civil rights leaders from several southern states—including Martin Luther King, Jr.—meet in Atlanta, Georgia to coordinate nonviolent protests against racial discrimination and
January 10, 1957 - January 11, 1957
Nine black students known as the “Little Rock Nine,” are blocked from integrating into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Dwight D. Eisenhower eventually sends federal troops to e
September 4, 1957
Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) is born.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is admitted to college.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is ordained to the Baptist ministry.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is married.
Martin Luther King, Jr. joins the Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks is arrested.