20 Iconic Milestones in the Fight for Civil Rights

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  • The March on Washington
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Selma-to-Montgomery March
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Million Man March
  • James Byrd Jr.
  • President Obama
  • Trayvon Martin
  • March on Washington
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Dred Scott Decision
  • NAACP
  • Jackie Robinson Breaks Racial Barriers in Baseball
  • Integration of the U.S. Military
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Emmett Till
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • “Little Rock Nine”
  • Woolworth Lunch Counter

Selma-to-Montgomery March

On March 7, 1965, some 600 protesters embarked on the 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol of Montgomery in support for voting rights for Blacks. As they reached the Edmund Pettus Bridge, state troopers attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas, in an event known as "Bloody Sunday." Under the protection of a U.S. National Guard convoy, an estimated 25,000 demonstrators peacefully arrived in Montgomery on March 25, 1965, giving way to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Photo: William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images)