A Timeline of Major Events in the American Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement is one of the most beautiful and most painful events in the history of the United States. On the one hand, the ugliness of human nature in terms of violence and hatred was exposed, but you also have the opposite as well. Thousands of people came together under leaders like Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and even the president John F. Kennedy to fight for the rights of people they had never even met. Ordinary people like James Meredith and James E. Chaney put their lives on the line to fight for rights for everyone. Here are some of the most important events in the Civil Rights movement.

Looking at the progression of civil rights in the US, it’s very clear that small steps can make a huge difference. Equality wasn’t established by one big event. It took hundreds of small events. The United States cannot truly become great until every person is truly treated equally.

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