July 26, 1948: President Harry S. Truman signed the Executive Order that desegregated the United States Military.
May 17, 1954: Brown vs. Board of Education ruled that Separate schools based on race were inherently unequal and thus unconstitutional.
August 28, 1955: Emmett Till was lynched after being falsely accused of flirting with a white woman- an innocent murder of a young African American boy.
December 1955-1956: Montgomery Bus Boycott: Including the arrest of Rosa Parks and successfully desegregated Montgomery’s public transportation.
1961: “Freedom Rides” try to integrate the bus systems throughout the nation.
July 2nd, 1964: President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
February 21st, 1965: Malcolm X was murdered
March 7, 1965: Bloody Sunday: Armed civilians and policemen in Dallas attacked Civil Rights marchers. All of this was broadcast across the nation.
April 4th, 1968: At only 39 years old, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed.
1968 Summer Olympics: When Tommie Smith broke the world record and John Carlos placed third in their race, they each raised their fists showing black power.