Tag: Civil Rights Movement

Bloody Selma: A Watershed Moment in the Civil Rights Movement

Demonstrators carrying "March with Selma" banner

In 1965 a series of events in Alabama inspired a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement, the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. Early in the year, civil rights activists launched a voter-registration campaign in Selma, where fewer than 1% of eligible blacks were registered to vote. They were confronted by Dallas County sheriff,

What is the Big Picture?

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Media Rich Learning very excited to announce the first release in our new video collection, THE BIG PICTURE. What is THE BIG PICTURE? It is the broad view of history—seminal moments that created change, sparked movements, and influenced the course of events. THE BIG PICTURE offers top-notch history in bite-sized portions—informative and inspiring and created

Brown v. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of Education telegram

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Supreme Court of the United States Washington DC 17 May 1954 The Louisiana Purchase has been described as the greatest real estate deal in history. In 1803 the United States paid France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory—some 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River.

Civil Rights Act (1964)

President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed Washington DC 02 July 1964 The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the most sweeping civil rights legislation enacted since Reconstruction. Championed by President Johnson, and passed largely along sectional lines (only eight southern representatives and senators combined voted in favor of the original versions of the bill) the

Emancipation Proclamation

Black man reading newspaper by candlelight Man reading a newspaper with headline, "Presidential Proclamation, Slavery," which refers to the Jan. 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. drawing : watercolor.

Emancipation Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln Washington D.C. 01 January 1863 Initially, the Civil War between North and South was fought by the North to prevent the secession of the Southern states and preserve the Union. Even though sectional conflicts over slavery had been a major cause of the war, ending slavery was not a goal

Martin Luther King: Letter from a Birmingham Jail


Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in response to eight white religious leaders who criticized him as an “extremist” and who urged patience and caution in the quest for civil rights. It is a powerful testament to King’s courage and faith and stands as one of the Civil Rights Movement. Letter from a Birmingham

President Kennedy’s Report to the American People on Civil Rights, June 11, 1963

In his speech President Kennedy responds to the threats of violence and obstruction on the University of Alabama campus following desegregation attempts, explaining that the United States was founded on the principle that all men are created equal. The President asks Congress to enact legislation protecting all Americans’ voting rights, legal standing, educational opportunities, and

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