10 Milestones in U.S. Civil Rights History

Forever Free: The Civil War was the culmination of conflicts between advocates and opponents of slavery.

13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments Ratified: Although substantially expanded political freedom for African Americans.

Breaking Baseball’s Color Barrier: Although African Americans had long excelled at baseball in the Negro leagues.

Integrating the Military: Black Americans had always served in their country’s armed forces from the time of the American Revolution.

Integrating the Schools With All Deliberate Speed: No story of the civil rights movement can be told without Brown v.

Standing Up by Sitting Down: Rosa park is often called the “mother of the civil rights movement” for her role in sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955–56.

Standing Up by Sitting Down: Although victories came in Supreme Court rulings on education and in seating on buses.

Marching for Jobs and Freedom: On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., led an interracial peaceful assembly of some 250,000 people.

Civil Rights, Finally: The trajectory since the 1940s had been toward full political equality for African Americans.

The Million Man March: Thirty-two years after King’s March on Washington, Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, organized the Million Man March.

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