Civil Rights Key Events

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1.

1896

Separate but equal facilities for different races is accepted.

2.

May 17, 1954

Overturned the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision of "separate but equal" by ordering schools to desegregate.

3.

December 1, 1955 - December 21, 1956

Started after Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, Martin Luther King Jr. led the bus boycott until the buses were finally desegregated.

4.

September, 1957

Nine black high schoolers are the first to attend an all-white school and challenge segregation.

5.

May 4, 1961

Over a thousand black and white students take buses to the South to protest bus station segregation. Many are greeted with riots and beatings.

6.

March 28, 1963

Over 200,000 blacks and whites gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial to protest racial injustice and listen to speeches such as King's "I Have A Dream."

7.

September 15, 1963

Four young teenage girls are killed during a bombing at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, often used for civil rights meetings.

8.

July 2, 1964

This act prohibits discrimination of all kinds. The federal government is also allowed the powers to enforce desegregation.

9.

April 4, 1968

Shot by James Earl Ray in Memphis. Led to riots in 125 cities.