Events that happened during this period of time.
Linda Brown was an 8 year old girl who lived in Topeka, Kansas. She lived close to an elementary school of where only whites were able to go, but because of segregation she had to travel by bus to a school that was farther away from where she lived. Her dad sued the school board of Topeka and eventually the U.S Supreme Court heard about this.
On December 5, 1955 the Montgomery Improvement Association elected Martin Luther king as president to lead the boycott.
In July of 1955 Rosa Parks attended to a workshop for civil rights organizers at the Highlander Folk School.
On August 28, 1955 a 14-year old boy named Emmet Till was killed near Money, Mississippi, because he was illegally whistling at a white women.
The Federal interstate Commerce Commission forbid segregation on interstate buses and also on trains.
On December 1, 1955 Rosa park was asked to give her seat to a white person on the bus, but she refused to do so.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott ended in December of 1956. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was when African Americans boycott the buses until they could sit anywhere they wanted to without being asked to move.
On May 29, 1961,President Kennedy ordered the Interstate Commerce Commission to create and apply stricter fines and regulations for facilities and buses that won't participate.
In December, Martin Luther King came to Albany and joined the protesters.
On April 16, 1963, Martin L. King wrote a "Letter from Birmingham Jail" where he responded to eight white ministers who asked him to end the protest and told him to be patient with the overturning of segregation.
On April 12, 1963 Martin Luther King got arrested by the Birmingham police because he was giving a speech without a city permit.
On August 28, 1963, the march for jobs and freedom occurred. Almost 250,000 people attended and this was the day King gave his "I have a dream" speech.
On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated.
On July 2, 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act which banned discrimination in public places and jobs.
On April 4 King made a speech in New York against the Vietnam War.
On June 12, 1967 the Supreme Court passed a law that forbid interracial marriage.
On April 4, 1968, Martin L. King was assassinated outside on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis.