Did You Know? Three Decades in the Civil Rights Movement: From 1941 to 1972
As we countdown to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday Jan. 19) we thought we’d present some Did You Know? facts about the Civil Rights Movement. Today is the 3rd edition in our week long look at the civil rights struggle.
7] Did you know that in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce the Supreme Court ruling of three years earlier, which had declared segregated schools as unconstitutional. The troops were assigned to protect the rights of nine black students attempting to attend Central High School.
8] Did you know that in 1960, the first sit-in of a lunch counter was launched by black college students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College? This form of non-violent protest quickly spread throughout the South.
9] Did you know that in 1961, President John F. Kennedy created the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity? In that same year, the first black students were admitted to the University of Georgia.
Stop by again tomorrow for our continuing look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, J. Day.
And for those who don’t want to wait here is our full list of Did You Know? facts about the civil rights movement.