Top 10 Civil Rights Era Events
5. Sweatt v. Painter (1950)
Supreme Court case that challenged the "separate but equal" doctrine of social integration established by Plessy v. Ferguson. Herman Sweatt was refused admission to the University of Texas, whose president claimed that the Texas State Constitution prohibited integrated education.
9. Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Jan - Feb 1957)
Martin Luther King Jr., Charles Steele, and Fred Shuttlesworth establish the SLSC, which King is made president of. Organization become leading force in the civil rights movement and bases its principles on nonviolence and civil disobedience.