Top 10 Civil Rights Events
Montgomery Bus Boycott
This was a political and social protest against the racial segregation on public transit. It occurred in Montgomery, Alabama. It started when Rosa Parks, an African American woman, wouldn't give up her seat on a bus to a white person. This resulted in a case, Browder vs. Goyle, which ended up ruling that segregation on a bus was unconstitutional.
The Albany Movement was a desegregation coalition formed in Albany, Georgia. It was led by William G. Anderson. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Martin Luther King), Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee, and the National Association of Colored People were also involved. It consisted of marches, protests, etc.
March on Washington
The March on Washington occurred on August 28, 1963. 250,000 people walked from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. At the Lincoln Memorial, representatives of various civil rights organizations gave speeches to the crowd. That was where Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. The assembly was interracial and peaceful.
There was a 5-day, 54-mile march in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery. Local African Americans, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference had been campaigning for voting rights in Selma. Martin Luther King Jr. led them, along with thousands of others, to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.