Civil rights movement
SNCC which stands for student non-violent committee is where groups of black and white student throughout the south where inspired by Dr. King's method of non-violence and civil disobedience in order to challenge unfair segregation laws. Young students began to boycott using sit-ins to cause businesses to loose money and eventually segregate. SNCC also used freedom rides to protest unfair segregation on buses.
In 1960 many schools districts in Georgia threatened to close their if they where force to segregate. The Sibley commission was a plan by the government to decide how Georgia's counties should integrate their schools. Eventually, the federal government threaten to cut off founding to Georgia schools because the state was very slow in outlawing segregation.
Finally in 1961 African-Americans were allowed to attend the university of Georgia. Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter were the first black students integrated in the all-white college. Both students were harassed, taunted, and threaten as they first began attending classes.
SNCC, NAACP, and Dr. King helped to organize a large movement to end segregation in the south. The protest also helped African-Americans to register to vote. Their effort to desegregate the city stalled when the Albany police arrested many of the protestors, including Dr. King. Overcrowding jails caused the police to put activist in neighboring county jails.
March On Washington
In 1963, one hundred years after Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation Proclamation, over 250,000 citizens marched to the Lincoln memorial in Washington D.C in order to gain jobs and freedom to African Americans.
Civil Right Act
It all started on June 11, 1963 when John F. Kennedy gave a televised speech talking about the importance of civil rights for all Americans. After he died, the bill was passed in both the house of representatives and the senate and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. But many US Congress men did not support the Civil Rights Act. Only 8 out of 127 voted to pass the act and southern attempts to reserve white supremacy failed.