Civil Rights Movement

The date that sparked the Civil Rights Movement was December 1st, 1955. On this date the NAACP member Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up on a bus to a white man.

"I Have A Dream"
Martin Luther King Jr.
August 28, 1963

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”

People who made a  difference...

Martin Luther King Jr

                             - Made many speeches on different ways to end discrimination.

                            - In 1964 he became the youngest person to win the Noble Peace Prize.

                            - April 4, 1968 he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennesse.

                            - 1977 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.

                            - 1986 U.S. made Martin Luther King Jr. a holiday

Rosa Parks

                            - Refused to give up her seat for a white man on the bus and started the Civil Rights Movement

                          - Known as the "Mother of Modern Day Civil Rights Movement."

Jesse Jackson

                            - He was an important American Politician, Civil Rights activist, and a Baptist Minister.

                           - Believed that African Americans should hae more political power.

                           - First African American to be a canidate in as presidential elecetion

Malcolm X

                          -He went from being a drug dealer and burglar to one of the most imortant black nationalist leaders in the                             United States.

                            - After he was released from prison he began learning about the teachings of Elijah Muhammad

Important Dates...

December 1st 1955 – NAACP member Rosa Parks Refuses to give up her seat to a white man. 

April 16 1963 – Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Alabama.

August 28 1963 – Over 200,000 people arrive to listen to Martin Luther King Juniors “I Have a Dream” speech.

April 4 1968- Martin Luther King dies at the age of 39 after being shot on his hotel balcony.