20 Iconic Milestones in the Fight for Civil Rights

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  • 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
  • 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

Brown v. Board of Education

The landmark U.S. Supreme court decision known as Brown v. Board of Education (1954) outlawed segregation in public schools. It overruled precedent set by Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which upheld state-sponsored segregation under "separate but equal" doctrine. (Photo: Courtesy National Park Service)