Timeline: Key dates in civil rights movement
(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...