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1861-1968

  • 1965

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

    Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr at the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • 1966-1972

    It is estimated that a million and a half African Americans registered to vote in this period. In 1965, the South has fewer than 100 black elected officials; by 1972, the region has 873 black officeholders.

  • 1967

    In the Loving case, the Supreme Court strikes down Virgina's law against interracial marriage.

    Richard and Mildred Loving with their family (bottom); Protesters against interracial marriage (top)
  • 1968

    Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated.

  • 1968

    Despite legislation promoting desegregation and civil rights, a 1968 survey found that eighty-three percent of whites said they preferred a system with no integration.