5/7: A Dream.
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Noting that African-Americans were tired of segregation and oppression, King declared that there was no alternative but to protest
For more than a year, African-Americans in Montgomery maintained their boycott of the buses
In 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that the Montgomery city law that segregated buses was unconstitutional
The Federal Transportation Commission also issued an order mandating the desegregation of interstate transportation
The freedom riders achieve their immediate goal: they compelled a reluctant federal government to act
Mississippi governor Ross Barnett was determined to prevent the integration of the university
James Meredith graduated from Ole Miss in 1963 and went on to obtain his law degree from Columbia University in New York City
On Good Friday, April 12, 1963, King decided to violate the order and join the demonstration personally, even though it would lead to his arrest
Birmingham’s Public Safety Commissioner, T. Eugene “Bull” Connor, would not tolerate the demonstrations any longer
Wednesday: The Civil Rights Act, its implications for the future, and new successes and challenges.