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April, 1948 --
Gladys Noel Bates files suit for equal pay
audio-enhancedMay 17, 1954 -- Brown decision
1956
Mississippi Events
1957
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
audio-enhancedAugust 28, 1955 --
Emmett Till murdered
1954
1955
audio-enhanced1956 -- State Legislative Session establishes Mississippi State Sovereignty Commision
December 5, 1955 --
Montgomery Bus Boycott
audio-enhanced1957 -- Clyde Kennard attempts to enroll
 
September 24-25, 1957 -- Little Rock crisis
November 8, 1960 -- Election of JFK
February 1, 1960 -- Initiation of student sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina
May 4, 1961 --
Freedom Rides
audio-enhancedMarch 27, 1961 -- Arrest of Tougaloo 9
September 25, 1961 -- Murder of Herbert Lee
audio-enhancedOctober 4, 1961 -- high school students jailed in McComb
 

Anniston bus bombing
http://www.watson.org/~lisa/blackhistory/
civilrights-55-65/freeride.html

August 28, 1963 -- March on Washington, D.C.
audio-enhancedJune 11, 1963 -- Assassination of Medgar Evers
 

Civil Rights Act of 1964

 

audio-enhanced1964 --
Freedom Summer
audio-enhancedJune 21, 1964 --
Neshoba County killings
audio-enhancedAugust 6, 1965 --
Voting Rights Act
1969 -- Meridian church bombing
January 1966 --
Murder of Vernon Dahmer
 



 

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1948
audio-enhancedJuly 11, 1954 --
   White Citizens Council     formed
    September 13, 1954 -- Medgar Evers denied admission to University of Mississippi Law School
National Events
December 1954 --
Medgar Evers becomes NAACP Field Secretary
http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/english/ms-writers/dir/evers_medgar/
audio-enhancedMay 7, 1955 --
Reverend George Lee shot and killed
audio-enhancedAugust 1955 --
Lamar Smith shot in Brookhaven
September 9, 1957 --
Civil Rights Act of 1957
January 1961 -- James Meredith applies for admission to the University of Mississippi.
audio-enhancedSeptember 30, 1962 --
University of Mississippi riot
Civil Rights Act of 1960 -- allowed for the federal supervision of local registrars
May 3-5, 1963 -- MLK arrested in Birmingham, Alabama
September 15, 1963 -- Birmingham church bombing
November 22, 1963 --
Kennedy assassination
http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/bestof.htm
April 4, 1968 --
Martin Luther King assassinated
 
1968
1969
February 21, 1965 -- Assassination of Malcolm X
March 7, 1965 -- Bloody Sunday: Selma, Montgomery March

http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/al4.htm

1966
October 15, 1966 --
Black Panther Party formed
1969 -- Integration of Highland Park Pool in Meridian
June 1966 -- Black Power Movement "officially" begins as a movement distinctly different from the Civil Rights Movement

http://longman.awl.com/history/primarysource_27_5.htm
http://www.umich.edu/~eng499/concepts/power.html

 

Jackson, Mississippi, Woolworth sit-in
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Gilbert Mason
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remains of Mack Charles Parker
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Aaron Henry
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Black Power advocates marching Click photo for more information.

1970
 

School desegregation

audio-enhancedAudio Available
August 25, 1964 -- Democratic National Convention
June 1966 -- Meredith March

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAmeredithM.htm

 

1967
Desegregation of public facilities
1967--Robert Clark becomes the
first black to be elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives since Reconstruction
1967 -- Thurgood Marshall becomes first black Supreme Court Justice
http://thurgoodmarshall.com/home.htm