Civil Rights Movement

By Grace Moore

The Civil Rights Movement was an important time in our nation's history. It was when Africans Americans started to stand up for equality. This flyer will cover some of the basics.

Some Important Civil Rights Leaders

Brown vs. Board of Education

Brown vs. Board of Education was a series of court cases. A black man sued the Board of Education because his daughter couldn't go to the school closest to their house. This made it all the way to the Supreme Court, which decreed that school had to be made desegregated.

However, this lead to much confusion and rioting. The Court didn't say when schools had to be desegregated, so many schools didn't do it at all! For those that did, rioting broke out there. One of the most famous riots occurred at Little Rock Central High.

The Little Rock Nine

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In 1957, nine African American students attempted to enter Little Rock Central High School. However, a mob of angry white students yelled at them, and the entrance was blocked by the Arkansas National Guard. The president had to get involved, sending members of the U.S. army to escort the students in.


On February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at a Woolworth's store and asked for coffee. Although their service was refused, they just sat and waited. Even threats didn't stop them. Sit-ins continued to grow, until, one day, places where sit-ins had been held were desegregated.

Freedom Rides

Freedom Rides were a series of bus rides to protest bus segregation. They led to the desegregation of buses.

March on Washington

Martin Luther King, Jr. led the March on Washington. It was then he gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. Over a quarter million people, black and white, came.
So now you know more about the Civil Rights Movement. I hope you have a great day!

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