~ Plessy v. Ferguson: "Separate but equal" doctrine, created by this historical case, establishes basic race relations in America.
~ Baltimore Court rules Donald Murray must be admitted to white law school.
~ Supreme Court rules Lloyd Lionel Gaines must be admitted to the University of Missouri Law School.
~ Supreme Court rules in Sweatt v. Painter and McLaurin v. Oklahoma that segregation of law school program is unconstitutional.
~ Plessy v. Ferguson's "separate but equal" doctrine is over-turned by Brown v. Board of Education.
~ Second Brown decision calls for school desegregation.
~ Arkansas governor Faubus calls out National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Little Rock High School.
~ President Dwight Eisenhower sends 1,000 paratroopers to restore order and escort the black students to class.
~ Four students stage a sit-in a in Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth's department store after being refused service at the all white's lunch counter because they were black.
~ James Meredith, a black student, enrolls
at the University of Mississippi, sparking huge conflict in
~ Alabama governor George Wallace attempts to prevent the desegregation of public schools.
~ James Meredith is shot during his Walk Against Fear.
~ In Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of
Education, Supreme Court decides courts can order busing to desegregate