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Supreme Court outlaws school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education
White citizens council formed to resist desegregation
Emmett Louis Till
Murdered for speaking to a white woman, Money, Miss.
December 1, 1955
Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, Montgomery, Ala.
Montgomery bus boycott begins
Supreme Court bans segregated seating on Montgomery buses
Congress passes first Civil Rights Act since Reconstruction
September 24, 1957
President Eisenhower orders federal troops to enforce school desegregation, Little Rock, Ark.
Black students stage sit-in at ‘whites only’ lunch counter, Greensboro, N.C.
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (sncc) founded to promote youth involvement
Supreme Court outlaws segregation in bus terminals
The University of Georgia is desegregated after a federal judge orders that two African-American students be admitted. White students jeer, “two, four, six, eight, we don’t want to integrate.”
Freedom Riders attacked in Alabama while testing compliance with bus desegregation laws
Federal Marshals sent to protect civil rights activists threatened by a mob in Montgomery, Ala.
Civil Rights groups join forces to launch voter registration drive
September 30, 1962
Riots erupt when James Meredith, a black student, enrolls at Ole Miss
Birmingham police attack marching children with dogs and fire hoses
Alabama governor stands in schoolhouse door to stop university integration
Civil Rights leader assassinated, Jackson, Miss.
25,000 Americans march on Washington for civil rights
Addie Mae Collins, Denise Mcnair, Carole Robertson & Cynthia Wesley
Schoolgirls killed in bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala.
The 24th amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlaws poll tax in federal elections
Freedom summer brings 1,000 young civil rights volunteers to Miss.
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman & Michael Schwerner
Civil rights workers abducted and slain by klansmen, Philadelphia, Miss.
President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act of 1964
Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil rights marcher killed by state trooper, Marion, Ala.
State troopers beat back marchers at Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Ala.
Civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery completed
Congress passes Voting Rights Act of 1965