Hey are my Top 5 Civil Rights Moments, due to the fact that I couldn’t list all 100+. However, still enjoy them and remember those who have gone before us for the cause.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott

In 1955, Rosa Parks helped spark the civil rights movement after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery Alabama. She was arrested and fined $10.  Those chain of events triggered local black leaders to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The boycott was a social protest against racial segregation on the public buses. Blacks refused to ride buses. The boycott lasted 382 days. Martin Luther King. Jr. became a prominent civil rights leader during the Boycott.

Bloody Sunday Selma

On March 7, 1965, Over 600 Civil rights people marched out of Selma. Alabama.  After getting to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the marchers faced vicious brutal attacks by state troopers and white vigilante groups as the world watched. The marchers would finally accomplish their goal, reaching Montgomery Alabama by walking for 3 days. They were led by Martin Luther King Jr and accompanied by National Guard Troops. The march raised awareness of the difficulties faced by African American voters, and the need for a national Voting Rights Act.

The Greensboro Four and the Sit-In Movement

On February 1, 1960. in Greensboro North Carolina, four black North Carolina A&T college freshmen sat down at a whites-only lunch counter. After politely asking for service, the four were refused by the white waiter and asked to order a take-out meal from the stand-up counter. The four freshmen remained seated. After failed attempts by the manager of the restaurant and a police officer, The manager closed the store early and the four left. The Greensboro Four inspired a sit-in movement that would eventually spread to 55 cities in 13 states. Lunch counters across the country were integrated one by one, and a student movement was formed.

March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, Over 200 thousand people Marched to the Nation’s Capital in Washington D.C. Martin Luther King delivered his memorable “I Have a Dream” speech that day. Civil Rights leaders spoke at the podium demanding to end segregation. They also called for fair wages, voting rights, education, and civil rights protections. The march pressured John F. Kennedy to initiate a strong federal civil rights bill in Congress.

Chicago Freedom Movement

Lasted from 1965-1967. It was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Bevel, and Al Raby. It was created to protest segregated housing, educational deficiencies, and employment and health disparities based on racism. The movement included rallies, boycotts, and marches that addressed issues facing African American Chicago residents. The Chicago Mayor felt pressure from the demonstrations so he reached an agreement on August 26, 1966, in which the Chicago Housing Authority promised to build public housing in predominantly white areas, The movement was credited with inspiring the Fair Housing Act, passed by Congress in 1968.

Rosa Parks pic credited by history.com /Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

Bloody Selma pic credited by  William Lovelace
The Greensboro Four and the Sit-In Movement pic credited by blackpast.org /News & Record Staff
March on Washington Pic credited by Bob Parent/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES
Chicago freedom pic credited by Carolyn Black

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