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Brown v. Board of Education

1954

In Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the Supreme Court rules unanimously against school segregation.

The Case Of Emmett Till

1955

Emmett Louis Til was an African-American boy that was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after it is said flirting with a white woman.

Little Rock Nine

1957

Soldiers escorted nine African American students to desegregate a school in Little Rock, Arkansas.They went to an white school.

Greensboro Sit-ins

1960

A series of nonviolent protests.

Freedom Riders

1961

In 1961, a group of 13 African-American and white civil rights activists launched the Freedom Rides, which were bus trips through the South to protest against segregation.

Birmingham Church Bombing

1963

On September 15, a bomb exploded before Sunday morning services at the Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a church that served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders.

The Assassination of MLK Jr.

1968

He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. MLK Jr was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead that night. James Earl Ray, was arrested in London at Heathrow Airport.

Bloody Sunday

1972

13 unarmed civil rights demonstrators were shot and killed by British Army and the event becomes known as "Bloody Sunday."

Rosa Parks

1995

Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white person and is arrested.