Major Events in the Civil War

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The south during the 1950s was at the height of prejudice. Blacks were called "colored" or "Negroe" and they were expected to "know their place".

They were seen as second class citizens. Since the early 1900s the lawyers of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) have fought racial injustice. There have been several major events that have allowed blacks to receive their civil rights for example like the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Little Rock Confrontation, and the March on Washington.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott took place in Montgomery, Alabama. It all started when Rosa Parks a member of the NAACP refused to give up her seat to a white man and she thought other people in the colored section should do the same. So a group of black women organized a boycott of city busses. They circulated leaflets urging blacks to stay off busses. Most of the passengers were black and so it would greatly hurt the bus business.

On the first day of the boycott a Baptist minister was thrilled to see that every bus that came by his house was empty his name was Martin Luther King Jr. He was named leader of the boycott movement at age 27. The boycott went on for a year and during that time many people had to walk miles each day to avoid the busses, or they carpooled. Rosa Park's arrest became a test case to end segregation.

Late in 1956 the Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal to segregate busses.

The Little Rock Confrontation took place in Little Rock, Arkansas, the capital of Arkansas. Despite the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, integration was slow and faced much opposition. In 1957, Little Rock slowly began to integrate schools. Orval Fabus, the governor of Arkansas, opposed...