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Civil Rights Movement

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Montgomery Bus Boycott
First protest led by MLK. Tens of thousands of ordinary citizens participate.
Sit-In Movement
Starting in Greensboro, NC and Nashville, TN, college students, trained in nonviolence, wait patiently to be served at lunch counters and are often arrested.
Freedom Riders
White and black activists ride buses from Washington DC, down south. They are bombed, beaten, and arrested.
Children's Campaign in Birmingham
Over 1,000 elementary, middle, and high school students brave attack dogs and fire houses, march one block and are arrested.
The March on Washington
250,000 citizens attend; King gives the "I have a Dream" speech.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Law passed by Congress that prohibited segregation in public places and outlawed racial and sex discrimination in the workplace.
Freedom Summer
1,000 Northern college students work with local African American Activists registering people to vote in Mississippi. 3 people are killed.
Bloody Sunday
The first March out of Selma, Alabama. 525 Peaceful protesters are attacked by the police on a bridge outside of town.
Selma-to-Montgomery March
The third, successful march from Selma. Lead by Dr. King, 25,000 marchers complete the walk in 3 days.
Voting Rights Act
Law passed by Congress that outlawed state voting laws that discriminated against African Americans.
King's Assassination
Tragic event in Memphis, TN. King was in town to support a strike by sanitation workers.
Year of Emmett TIll's Death
1955
Year of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
1955-56
Year of the first Sit-ins
1960
Year of the Freedom Riders
1961
Year of the Children's Campaign
1963
Year of the March on Washington
1963
Year of Freedom Summer
1964
Year of the Selma-to-Montgomery March
1965
Year of King's Assassination
1968
Year the Black Panther Party was founded
1966
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Minister and key leader of the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement
Diane Nash and John Lewis
Leaders of nonviolent Civil Rights Movement and organizer of boycotts
Stokely Carmichael
Helped coin the phrase "Black Power"; joined the March Against Fear in Mississippi
Huey Newton and Bobby Seale
Founders of the Black Panther Party