Southern Manifesto

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  • 1896 - May 18th : The supreme court makes a decision of the Plessy vs. Ferguson case, which demonstrates the state-racism does not violate the 14th Amendment based on equal protection. In Southern educational facilities white and black kids were segregated, which is terribly unequal.
  • 1954 - May 17th : The supreme court handles Brown vs. Board of Education, "separate but equal," is overturned for the first time since Plessy vs Ferguson.  1954 - June 26th : Political Boss of Virginia, Harry Boyd, does "all things possible" to continue schooling segregation in Virginia.
  • 1955 - May 31st : U.S. supreme court declares all schools to desegregate which must proceed, due to the result of Brown vs. Board II. 1955 - August : Emmett Till murdered for whistling at a white woman - two white men involved. Acquitted by all white jury.
  • 1956 - February 24th :  Senator Byrd of Virginia pursues  resistance against desegregation and Brown vs. Board of Education.  1956 - August/September : Violence  in Texas and in Tennessee. Governor of Texas upholds segregation with Ranger also in Tennessee. National Guard intervenes, fights for desegregation.
  • 1957 - January :  Martin Luther King Jr. and associates discover Southern Christian Leadership Conference and become determined to end racism in the south.  1957 - September : Violence erupts in Arkansas as school desegregation occurs. President Dwight D, Eisenhower forced to send in military troops to control scene. 
  • 1960 - February 1st : Students of a North Caronlina College are unhappy at slow pace of desegregation. They start protesting with sit-ins, sparking the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. 
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