The Civil Rights Era

Connor Lasater

Sweat v. Painter

Required law schools to allow African American applicants

Montgomery bus boycott

After Rosa Parks denied to give up her seat to a white person on the bus, Martin Luther King Jr. led an 11 month boycott of city buses. This event led to the Supreme Court deciding segregation on public transportation was illegal in 1955.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas

In 1954, the Supreme Court overruled Plessy v. Ferguson and declared that racially segregated facilities are unequal and all public schools should be desegregated.

Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Created to promote and use nonviolent means to protest racial discrimination.

March on D.C.

August 28, 1963, this is where Martin Luther King Jr. had his "I had a dream speech. One person who attended this was Bob Dylan

Central High School

In 1957 the national guard was refusing to let 9 black students enroll, so Eisenhower sent troops to escort the children to school.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

President Johnson prohibits discrimination in the workplace and paved the way for equal employment opportunities.

Murder of Medger Evers

In 1963, Medger, Mississippi NACCP Secretary, was murdered outside his home. Byron de la Beckwith was tried twice in 1964, but both times there was a hang jury. 30 years later he was convicted of murder.

James Meredith

He was the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi.

March on Montgomery

This was a march of blacks for voting rights