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Plessy Sign Back by Infrogmation on Flickr


Homer Plessy sat on a white only section on a train and tried to go to court over it.  The supreme court ruled that there was no violation and that it was public policy.
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19whiteOnlyCoca-ColaMach1943-1960 by Image Editor on Flickr


Jim Crow laws enacted de jure segregation: which was segregation by law.  These laws forced blacks to do things separate from whites.
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14EmmettTillBefore by Image Editor on Flickr


Emmett Till went to the south and whistled at a white woman.  A couple of white men brutally mutilated and murdered him in response.
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Opinion in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 08/31/1951, Page 1 of 2 by The U.S. National Archives on Flickr


Thurgood Marshall went to court to argue that having separate schools was unconstitutional.  The court favored him and it became known as Brown v. Board of Education.
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Testament by cliff1066™ on Flickr


The Little Rock Nine were the first group of black students to integrate into an all white school.  This would later pave the way for all blacks to integrate into schools.
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18whiteOnlySignOnRestaurantAug1938 by Image Editor on Flickr


Whites and blacks had to sit on separate parts of the buses.  It was against the law to sit in the front if you were black and a white person needed to sit.  Rosa Parks would become famous for this.
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Rosa Parks Dies at 92 . Monday, 24 October 2005 by ElvertBarnes on Flickr


Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up and was jailed.  This angered many people and started the bus boycotts.
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Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking.], 08/28/1963 by The U.S. National Archives on Flickr


The Birmingham Campaign was used to end racial segregation in the south.  The country saw the brutal acts and started towards equality.
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December 10 march for voting rights by Sunset Parkerpix on Flickr


The Freedom Summer was a movement in Mississippi used to register as many blacks as possible to vote.  They also helped set up schools and communities.
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arkansas by The U.S. Army on Flickr


Freedom Riders tried to end segregation on national buses.  Many times these people faced violence in there non violent ways.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon Baynes Johnson by wbaiv on Flickr


The Voting Rights Act of 1965 struck down laws that prevented blacks from voting.  This was a key step for the civil rights movement.
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Greensboro Lunch Counter, 1960 by Wesley Fryer on Flickr


A couple of students started the Greensboro Sit Ins.  A Sit In is where blacks would occupy white only seats to end the segregation.
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Strikers - Union Sq., Clothing Strike, Oct. 1912? (LOC) by The Library of Congress on Flickr


The Selma Marches were at the peak of the civil rights movement.  With help from MLK and the SCLC they gained voting rights in Alabama.
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Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Aerial view of the crowd of marchers on the mall and street.], 08/28/1963. by The U.S. National Archives on Flickr


The march on Washington was the second largest civil rights movement in the US.  MLK gave his I have a dream speech, calling for racial equality.
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Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Leaders of the march posing in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Memorial.], 08/28/1963 by The U.S. National Archives on Flickr


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed racial discrimination.  It ended the racial segregation in schools and unequal voter registration policies.
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Photograph of President Lyndon Johnson Signs the Voting Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., with Other Civil Rights Leaders in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington, DC, 08/06/1965 by The U.S. National Archives on Flickr


The Civil Rights Act of 1968 banned discrimination in housing.  Now all races could buy, rent and sell land without unfair practices.
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Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. by The U.S. National Archives on Flickr


MLK was assassinated in 1968.  This was a major blow for civil rights activists because he was looked at as the leader.
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Malcolm X by cliff1066™ on Flickr


Malcolm X was a civil rights leader.  He called for the Nation of Islam and for Black Power.
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Neo Nazi Rally In Trenton, NJ - Panthers by Bob Jagendorf on Flickr


The Black Panthers was a group founded to combat police brutality.  They wanted to stop the brutality in predominately black neighborhoods.
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Werklozenrellen in Haarlem / Riots by unemployed by Nationaal Archief on Flickr


The Kerner Commission reported on race relations in America.  It was set up by President Johnson to investigate race riots.
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by Wallula Junction on Flickr


Rodney King was involved in  a police brutality case.  A witness videotaped Rodney getting repeated strikes while other officers stood by and watched.
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TIME Magazine; Person of the Year, Greg's Art and My Photo Online by Tony the Misfit on Flickr


Obama is the first black president in the history of the US.  This was  a major step in blacks finally realizing racial equality.
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by dexarts on Flickr


Tupac v. Biggie was a hip hop rivalry.  It was between the Eastcoast and the Westcoast.  Both ended up getting murdered.
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RAP MUSIC / state of texas by ellyjonez on Flickr


Hip Hop/Rap music grew in popularity in the 1970's.  The roots of the music is from African music. Hip Hop is very popular today.
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Kelly Rowland - Here I Am (Album Cover: by Jonathan Gardner) by JonathanLGardner on Flickr


The Bet network targets mainly african americans.  It shows movies and TV shows as well as music videos towards African Americans.

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