Milestones of the '60s
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States began in the late 1950s and resulted in the first monumental equal-rights legislation for blacks since Reconstruction in the late 1800s.

Greensboro Sit ins
In February 1960, four black students from North Carolina A&T State University sat themselves at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. The counter was segregated, and they were denied service. Instead of leaving, they sat at the counter until the counter was closed. They and about 20 students returned the next day and were denied service again.
The efforts of the Greensboro Four, as they were called, inspired similar non-violent protests across the South. Ultimately, six months later, all of Woolworth’s stores were integrated.

Medgar Evers' assassination
Born in 1925 in Decatur, Miss., Medgar Evers was a field secretary for the NAACP. After his marriage to Myrlie Beasley in 1951, Evers worked as an insurance agent in Mound Bayou, Miss., and applied for and was denied admission to the University of Mississippi Law School. Evers and his wife moved to Jackson, Miss., where he was instrumental in helping James Meredith get admitted to the University of Mississippi. Evers and his wife were active in fighting segregation and establishing local NAACP chapters. Evers was assassinated on June 12, 1963, as he was returning home. The accused killer, Byron De La Beckwith, stood trial twice in the 1960s, but both ended with hung juries. A third trial in 1994 led to De La Beckwith’s conviction of murder.

March on Washington

Long revered as one of the most influential moments of The Civil Rights Movement, this was the outlet for Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have A Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963.
It is estimated that more than a quarter million people converged together near the Lincoln Memorial to participate in a show of solidarity against segregation and to promote equal rights.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing
Four girls — Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Denise McNair and Carole Robertson — attending Sunday school were killed when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963. Justice for the girls’ deaths was slow. Three people were convicted – one in 1977; another in 2001 and the last in 2002.

Many more events occurred during the 1960s, including the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.and Malcolm X.

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March in Seattle








During the summer of 1963, civil rights protestors in Seattle took their fight for racial equality to the streets on June 15.

Photo Credit: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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