20 Iconic Milestones in the Fight for Civil Rights

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  • 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
  • Jackie Robinson Breaks Racial Barriers in Baseball
  • Integration of the U.S. Military
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Emmett Till
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

Woolworth Lunch Counter

In February 1960, four African-American college students were refused service at the "whites only" lunch counter of Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina. They launched a sit-in to protest the discriminatory policy, which inspired other non-violent demonstrations around the country. After nearly six months, the Woolworth's chain of stores integrated its lunch counters. (Photo: Wikicommons)

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