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Civil Rights Movement 1890-1900 1890 The state of Mississippi adopts poll taxes and literacy tests to discourage black voters 1895 Booker T Washington delivers his Atlanta Exposition speech which accepts segregation of the races 1896 The Supreme Court rules in Plessy v Ferguson the separate but equal treatment of the races is constitutional 1900-1910 1900-1915 Over one thousand blacks are lynched in the states of the former Confederacy 1905 The Niagara Movement is founded by WEB du Bois and other black leaders to urge more direct action to achieve black civil rights 1910-1920 1910 National Urban League is founded to help the conditions of urban African Americans 1920-1930 1925 Black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey is convicted of mail fraud 1928 For the first time in the 20th century an African American is elected to Congress 1930-1940 1931 Farrad Muhammad establishes in Detroit what will become the Black Muslim Movement 1933 The NAACP files -and loses- its firs suit against segregation and discrimination in education 1938 The Supreme Court orders the admission of a black applicant to the University of Missouri Law School 1941 A Philip Randoph threatens a massive march on Washington unless the Roosevelt administration takes measures to ensure black employment in defense industries Roosevelt agrees to establish Fair Employment Practices Committee FEPC 1942 The congress of Racial Equality CORE is organized in Chicago 1943 Race riots in Detroit and Harlem cause black leaders to ask their followers to be less demanding in asserting their commitment to civil rights A Philip Randolph breaks ranks to call for civil disobedience against Jim Crow schools and railroads 1946 The Supreme Court in Morgan v The Commonwealth of Virginia rules that state laws requiring racial segregation on buses violates the Constitution when applied to interstate passengers 1947 Jackie Robinson breaks the color line in major league
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