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1960s American Civil Rights Movement

March on Washington
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a civil rights
march that occurred on the 28th of August 1963. The purpose of the
march was to stand up for civil and economic rights for African
Americans. It is at the March that Martin Luther King Jr gave his
famous I have a dream speech, which called for racial justice and
equality. It is estimated that more that 200000 people participated in
the march.

Selma to Montgomery march


The Selma to Montgomery marches were three protest marches, held
in 1965, along the 87 km highway from Selma, Alabama to the state
capital of Montgomery. The marches were organized by nonviolent
activists to demonstrate the desire of African-American citizens to
exercise their constitutional right to vote, in defiance of
segregationist repression, and were part of a broader voting rights
movement underway in Selma and throughout the American South.
By highlighting racial injustice, they contributed to passage that year
of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the Civil
Rights Movement.

Emmitt Till
Emmitt till was a 14-year-old African American boy from Mississippi,
In August of 1955 Emmitt went to the Store to buy some
refreshments was accused of whistling, flirting and touching the
white store clerks hand, four days later emit was kidnapped, tortured
and lynched by two white men, one who was the husband of the store
clerk. They then beat the teenager brutally, dragged him to the bank
of the Tallahatchie River, shot him in the head, tied him with barbed
wire to a large metal fan and shoved his mutilated body into the
water. Three days later the body was dragged out of the river his face
was mutilated beyond recognition and was only recognised by his
fathers ring on his hand that had the initials L-T.
Greensboro Four
On February 1, 1960, four African American college students (Joseph
McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr. and David Richmond) sat
down at a lunch counter for white at Woolworths in Greensboro,
North Carolina, and politely asked for service. Their request was
refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their
passive resistance and peaceful sit-down demand helped ignite a
youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the
South. By February 5, some 300 students had joined the protest at
Woolworths, paralysing the lunch counter and other local
businesses.

Martin Luther King Jr


Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist.
Martin Luther King Jr is one of the most well know civil rights
activists from 1960s civil rights movement with the famous I have a
dream speech from the March on Washington. In the eleven-year
period between 1957 and 1968, King travelled over six million miles
and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever
there was injustice, protest, and action. By 1968, the years of
demonstrations and confrontations were beginning to wear on
Martin Luther King Jr. He had grown tired of marches, going to jail,
and living under the constant threat of death. He was becoming
discouraged at the slow progress civil rights in America and the
increasing criticism from other African-American leaders. On April 4
while standing on a balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel,
Martin Luther King Jr. was struck by a sniper's bullet.