Timeline: Key dates in civil rights movement

Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:21am EDT
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(Reuters) - August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. The address was a key event in the struggle of black Americans for racial equality.

The following are major dates in the modern U.S. civil rights movement:

1948 - President Harry Truman desegregates the armed forces.

1954 - Supreme Court outlaws segregation in public schools in Brown v. Board of Education.

1955-57 - Bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, sparked by seamstress Rosa Parks and organized by King.

1962 - James Meredith enrolls at University of Mississippi after President John F. Kennedy sends in troops.

1963 - Images of Birmingham, Alabama, police using fire hoses and dogs on black demonstrators gain widespread sympathy for civil rights movement.

1963 - About 250,000 people gather for March on Washington. King gives "I Have a Dream" speech.

1964 - President Lyndon Johnson signs sweeping Civil Rights Act, forbidding discrimination in many areas of life.   Continued...