Civil Rights Movement

Connor Coker December 3-4, 2015

5 Most Important Events

1. March on Washington- 200,000 people walked on the National Mall. Martin Luther King Jr. had his famous "I Have A Dream" Speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.


2. Montgomery Bus Boycott - For 381 days Blacks refused to ride buses in Montgomery, Alabama after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus.


3. Little Rock Nine-In 1957 the Little Rock Nine broke the color barrier at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. National Guard was sent in to control possible violence


4. Brown vs Board of Education- In 1954, the Supreme Court overturned the ruling of Plessy vs Ferguson and says that segregation of public schools is unconstitutional.


5. Civil Rights Act of 1964- Ends the "Separate but Equal" ruling from Plessy vs Ferguson in 1896. Prohibits segregation in public places and prevents discrimination based on race, color, nationality, etc.

Why I Chose the Civil Rights Movement

I chose the Civil Rights Movement, because we are dealing with the same type of stuff today. With the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping across the nation, Blacks feel they are still discriminated against. Many of the events that spark this movement are between Whites and Blacks, especially a White cop killing a Black person. They are fighting for the "same type" of equality now when in reality their argument now is absolutely absurd compared to the Civil Rights Movement in the 50's and 60's. The original movement was for a valid cause, while today's movement is more of selfishness and desired supremacy.