The Civil Rights Movement By, Carmily Liston

After suffering discrimination and unfair treatment for centuries, African American in the mid-1900s began to make real progress in winning an equal place in American life

African Americans' demands for more rights helped end discrimination in factories that did work for the government

In 1896 in Plessy v. Ferguson, the court ruled that it was legal to have "separate but equal" facilities for African Americans

The court's decision in Brown applied only to public schools

In 1957 a judge ordered an all-white school. Central high school in Little Rock, Arkansas to admit African Americans

Public education was only one front in the growing civil rights movement

Rosa parks was an African American who lived and worked in Montgomery, Alabama and she also served as secretary of the local chapter of the NAACP

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a city bus and found a seat in the "whites only" seating area and the driver told her to move but she refused and at the next bus stop a police arrested her and fined her $10

The victory in Montgomery helped make Dr. King a leader of the civil rights movenement

In January 1957, Dr. King and 60 other ministries started a new organization called the southern Christian Leadership conference

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