Civil Rights Movement Important Events

Rosa Parks Arrest
Rosa Parks Arrest

Introduction - Civil Rights Movement Events

On this page is a list of some of the most important events of the Black Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This era saw great strides forward in the fight for the civil rights of African-Americans. Some of the listed events greatly helped the movement, like the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other events, like the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., were terribly tragic. With each event are a list of interesting facts including when the event occurred, where it occurred, why it is considered important, and how it affected the Civil Rights Movement. This information is written for both adults and kids, and should serve as a useful source for Black History Month reports.

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List of Important Civil Rights Movement Events

Brown vs Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court Decision (1954)

Rosa Parks Arrest in Montgomery, Alabama (1955)

The U.S. Congress Passes the Civil Rights Act of 1957 (1957)

Greensboro Sit-Ins (1960)

March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" Speech (1963)

Civil Rights Act of 1964 (1964)

24th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified (1964)

Bloody Sunday - Selma, Alabama (1965)

Voting Rights Act of 1965 (1965)

Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated (1968)