20 Iconic Milestones in the Fight for Civil Rights

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  • 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
  • The March on Washington
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Selma-to-Montgomery March

Barack Obama Makes History

Then-Sen. Barack Obama of Chicago enchanted Americans with his message of positive change for all Americans and went on to be elected the 44th president of the United States on Nov. 4, 2008. Making history as the nation's first African-American president, Obama was re-elected to a second term in 2012. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)