White America saw 500 kids get arrested and attacked with dogs.
There was much support now for civil rights legislation.
March on Washington 1963
The event was highlighted by King's "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. August 28, 1963.
Banned segregation in public places such as restaurants, buses
Pushed Civil Rights Act through Congress
Passed more pro-civil rights laws than any other president
Civil Rights Act of ’64
Civil Rights Act of ’68
Voting Rights Act of ’65
24th Amendment banning poll taxes
Now it is time to test the small-town bus stops and highways!
CORE volunteers, White and Black, got on buses and sat inter-racially on the bus.
They went into bus station lunch counters
Freedom Riders attacked!
Mobs also attacked them at the bus stations.
The highways were obviously not safe.
James Meredith, right, pulled himself to cover against a parked car after he was shot by a sniper. Meredith had been leading a march to encourage African Americans to vote. He recovered from the wound, and later completed the march. June 7, 1966
Left to right: Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Ralph David Abernathy on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel Memphis hotel, a day before King's assassination. April 3,1968