20 Iconic Milestones in the Fight for Civil Rights

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  • 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
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Million Man March
  • James Byrd Jr.
  • President Obama
  • Trayvon Martin

Emancipation Proclamation

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, ending plantation slavery in states that had seceded from the Union. More than three million slaves in the United States would be freed. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)