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Flushing High Classes of 1963-1967

The Civil Rights Movement


So many changes took place during our years at Flushing High. Were we a part of them?
How did they affect us?

Here are some of the high and low points in the history of the movement that took place during
our high school years:


  • James Meredith attempts to become the first black to enroll at the University of Mississippi.
  • Dr. King meets President Kennedy at the White House.


  • Dr. King writes "Letter from Birmingham Jail" after being imprisoned for protesting segregated
    eating facilities.
  • "Bull" Connor orders use of police dogs and fire hoses against protesters in Birmingham,
  • Alabama Supreme Court rules Birmingham segregation laws are unconstitutional.
  • Medgar Evers is assassinated in front of his Jackson home.
  • Dr. King delivers "I Have A Dream" speech during The March on Washington Four young black
    girls are killed in a Birmingham church bombing.


  • Malcolm X leaves the Nation of Islam, makes a pilgrimage to Mecca and visits African countries.
  • Civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner are killed
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 is signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Dr. King receives the Nobel Peace Prize 1965
  • Malcolm X's home in East Elmhurst is firebombed while the family is asleep.
  • Malcolm X is assasinated
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act.
  • Watts riots leave 34 dead and almost 900 injured.


  • Stokely Carmichael becomes the head of SNCC.


  • Dr. King announces his opposition to the Vietnam War.
  • Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court Justice, is confirmed by the Senate
  • Riots in Newark and Detroit leave more than 60 dead and 1,000 injured.

Civil Rights Timeline

Lisa Cozzens' Timeline
PBS African American World Timeline

Charles Moore Photos

March on Washington


I Have a Dream

Civil Rights Act

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

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