James Meredith won a case that enabled him to enroll into the University of Mississippi. However, when he arrived at the school he was denied the right to register as a student on the campus by Governor Ross Barnett.
Heading into Birmingham
April 3, 1963
Civil rights activist Martin Luther King arrived in Birmingham, Alabama to hold a meeting in which the African-American community participated. He planned the Birmingham campaign to gain attention to the cruelty that African- Americans were enduring.
Kennedy takes a stand
June 11, 1963
President Kennedy delivered a speech demanding Congress for a civil rights bill to be passed. He also had Governor George Wallace honor a court order of desegregating the University of Alabama.
The dream of equality
August 28, 1963
Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the march. He wanted to put an end to all the racism in the nation.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
July 2, 1964
President Lydon B. Johnson continued on with Kennedy's work. He signed the Civil Rights Act which didn't allow discrimination against any person no matter their ethnicity, religion, origin, or gender.
Voting rights act of 1965
May 26, 1965
Congress passed the Voting Rights act on May 26, 1965. This act got rid of the literacy test and allowed the federal examiners to enroll voters that were denied suffrage by the local officials.