Civil Rights
  The American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s refers to the reform movements in the United States aimed at abolishing racial discrimination against African Americans.

Significant dates during this period include:

May 17th 1954
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in schools should no longer be allowed.
Dec 1st 1955 On a bus in Montgomery, Alabama Rosa Parks, a 43 year old black seamstress refused to give up her seat to a white male passenger. Her subsequent arrest caused a protest and a local boycott by black Montgomery residents of the bus service. This lasted for one year until the buses were desegregated.
May 1963 Civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Alabama had fire hoses and dogs set on them. The action was broadcast on international news and generated widespread sympathy for the movement.
Aug 28th 1963 Almost 200,000 people flock to the Lincoln memorial in Washington to hear Dr Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Feb 21st 1961 Malcolm X, a black nationalist and protester is shot and killed.
Aug 11th 1965 Race riots erupt in Los Angeles
April 4th 1968 Dr Martin Luther King is shot and killed.