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Freedom Riders

1946

Freedom Riders were civil rights activists that rode buses to southern US to argue segregated buses were unconstitutional.

Brown v. Board of Education

1954

In Topeka, Kansas, Brown VS Board of Education was a court cased arguing that separate black and white public school was unconstitutional.

Emmett Till murder

August 28, 1955

Emmett Till was a 14 year old black boy whom was murdered for supposedly flirting with a white woman.

Montomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955

After Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing her seat to a white person, a boycott where people refused to ride the bus in defiance of the racial segregation of the buses.

Little Rock School Desegregation Crisis

1957

Little Rock Central HS is responsible for racially desegregating a high school and enrolling 9 students after the Brown VS Board of Education court case.

SCLC formed

January 10, 1957

The Southern Christian Leadership conference is a civil rights organization. The first president was Dr. MLK, Jr.

Greensboro Sit-ins

1960

Forms of nonviolent protests protesting racial segregation in Southern US.

SNCC formed

April 1960

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was a student led group protesting American Civil Rights in the 1960s.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

April 16, 1963

After being arrested, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote a letter in response to a news paper team critisizing him. King responded by stating it was okay to break unjust laws for a greater good.

March on Washington

August 28, 1963

A famous peaceful march to the Lincoln Memorial about equal rights for all while after MLK, Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Freedom Summer

1964

Freedom Summer was an attempt to help register black voters in Mississippi.

Twenty-Fourth Amendment

January 23, 1964

In southern states, poll taxes were administered on people voting. This was to prevent African-Americans from voting. The 24th Amendment would prohibit states from putting a tax on voting.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2, 1964

This was a legislation that would ban forms of discrimination of any kind towards anyone. It would end segregation of all public locations.

Voting Rights Act

1965

Prohibits discriminatory voting practices towards African Americans in the US.

Malcolm X Assassination

February 21, 1965

Malcolm X was a notorious human rights activist and minister whom was assassinated while preparing an address to 400+ audience.

Watts Riots

August 11, 1965

In Los Angeles, California a 6 days riot broke out in the Watts neighborhood after the Second Great Migration.

The Black Panthers formed

October 15, 1966

The Black Panthers were a group dedicated to black nationalism and believed in the protection of African-American from police brutality during the time. It was founded in Oakland, California.

Loving v. Virginia

1967

After Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man were put in Prison for marrying each other, they filed a case against Virginia which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination

April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr. was deemed the leader of the civil rights movement and in Memphis, Tennessee at the Lorraine Motel was shot.

Bloody Sunday

January 30, 1972

During the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association March in Northern Ireland, 26 unarmed protesters were shot.