The main aim of the civil rights movement was to give everybody equal rights regardless of color skin color, gender, nationality, religion, disability or age.
The Civil Rights Movement was originally proposed by president, John F. Kennedy
Three of the most important leaders of the Civil Rights Movement who feature in the history Facts are Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus
Dr. Martin Luther King led a massive peace protest in 1963, called the Birmingham Campaign, which ended in violence when demonstrators were attacked by white supremacists. MLK was arrested and wrote his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.
Martin Luther King, at age 39, is shot as he stands on the balcony outside his hotel room. Escaped convict and committed racist James Earl Ray is convicted of the crime.
The End of the Civil Rights Movement began with the death of Dr. Martin Luther King. This, together with the destruction and violence of the race riots and the actions of Black revolutionaries such as the Black Panthers, effectively ended the Civil Rights Movement.
After two years of debates, vetoes, and threatened vetoes, President Bush reverses himself and signs the Civil Rights Act of 1991, strengthening existing civil rights laws and providing for damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination.
Overriding President Reagan's veto, Congress passes the Civil Rights Restoration Act, which expands the reach of non-discrimination laws within private institutions receiving federal funds.
The first race riots in decades erupt in south-central Los Angeles after a jury acquits four white police officers for the videotaped beating of African American Rodney King.