The Civil Rights Movement

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THEME: THE POWER OF A DEMOCRATIC GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT - SPURRED BY A POSTWAR CONTEXT CONDUCTIVE TO RACIAL CHANGE

Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, KS. 1954

A landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.

Montgomery Bus Boycott

A political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. Inspired by Rosa Parks who was arrested for not standing up for a white man on a public bus.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Gandhi.

Little Rock, AR 1957

A group of African-American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Needed protection from the National Guard to enter and attend school.

Greensboro Sit-In 1960

A series of nonviolent protests which led to the Woolworth's department store chain reversing its policy of racial segregation in the Southern United States.

Birmingham, 1963

A strategic movement organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to bring attention to the unequal treatment that black Americans endured in Birmingham, Alabama.

March on Washington 1963

Was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial harmony at the Lincoln Memorial during the march.

Civil Rights Act, 1964

A landmark piece of legislation in the United States[1] that outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women, including racial segregation.

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