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The Civil Rights Movement. 1947-1968. Jackie Robinson breaks the color line in major league baseball. April 1947. To Secure These Rights , the report by the President’s Committee on Civil Rights is released. The committee calls for the elimination of segregation. October 29, 1947.

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    1. The Civil Rights Movement 1947-1968

    2. Jackie Robinson breaks the color line in major league baseball. April 1947

    3. To Secure These Rights, the report by the President’s Committee on Civil Rights is released. The committee calls for the elimination of segregation. October 29, 1947

    4. President Harry S Truman issues an executive order desegregating the armed forces. July 26, 1948

    5. In Brown v. Board of Education the Supreme Court declares separate facilities “inherently unequal.” May 17, 1954

    6. Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person; the action triggers a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. December 1, 1955

    7. MLK, Jr. and a number of southern black clergymen create the Southern Christian Leadership Conference or SCLC. January 11, 1957

    8. On the orders of Arkansas governor Orval Faubus, Arkansas National Guardsmen block 9 black students from entering Central High School. September 4, 1957

    9. Wowsers!!!

    10. Sit-in campaigns by college students in St. Louis, Chicago, Bloomington, ID, and Nashville help to desegregate eating facilities. Feb. 1, 1960: Woolworth’s lunch counter 1959-1960

    11. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is formed in Raleigh, NC. Ella Baker Stokely Carmichael April 1960

    12. James Meredith files suit claiming racial discrimination after being denied admission to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). May 1962

    13. President Kennedy signs an executive order barring racial discrimination in federally funded housing. November 20, 1962

    14. Birmingham police chief Eugene “Bull” Connor turns police dogs and fire hoses against nonviolent demonstrators. King composes his Letter from Birmingham City Jail. 1963

    15. “I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was rounded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” June 11, 1963: Radio and TV address on Civil Rights

    16. Over 250,000 Americans gather at the Lincoln Memorial to urge the passage of civil rights legislation and hear MLK, Jr. deliver his “I have a dream speech.” Malcolm X dismisses the march as “the Farce on Washington.” August 28, 1963

    17. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFcbpGK9_aw

    18. SNCC and CORE work to register thousands of black voters. Three civil rights works Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney are murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi. “Freedom Summer” 1964

    19. President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination in most public accommodations. MLK, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 1964

    20. Malcolm X • mini-bio of Malcolm X • leader of the Nation of Islam • Black supremacy • Separation of races • Disagreed with integration • Believed in militancy if needed *assassinated in 1965 watch 1st minute

    21. Malcolm X is assassinated while addressing a rally of his followers in NYC. Three black men are ultimately convicted of his murder. February 21, 1965

    22. “Bloody Sunday” 600 marchers outside Selma, Alabama are attacked by state troopers with nightsticks and tear gas. March 7, 1965

    23. President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which outlaws literacy tests and empowers the Justice Department to supervise federal elections in seven southern states. August 6, 1965

    24. Rioting in the black ghetto of Watts in Los Angeles leads to 35 deaths, 900 injuries, and over 3,500 arrests. August 11-16, 1965

    25. H. Rap Brown Stokely Carmichael replaces John Lewis as chairman of SNCC. SNCC votes to exclude whites from membership SNCC 1966 John Lewis

    26. James Meredith is shot by a sniper while on a one-man “march against fear” in Mississippi June 6, 1966

    27. The Black Panther Party (BPP) is founded in Oakland California. October 1966

    28. Rioting at all black Jackson State College in Mississippi leads to one death and two serious injuries. May 10-11, 1967

    29. Rioting in the black ghetto of Newark, NJ leaves 23 dead and 725 injured. Newark: July 1967

    30. The Kerner Commission • February 29, 1968 • Warns that the nation is “moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal” • White racism is responsible • Jobs, education, housing barriers still remained • Police brutality an issue for many

    31. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee, precipitating riots in more than 100 cities. April 4, 1968