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On January 9, 1961, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes registered at the University of Georgia, becoming the university's first African American students.
In Fall 1962, the University of Mississippi was the scene of violent riots in protest of James Meredith’s attempts to enroll as the segregated school’s first black student.
In April 1962, Ford T. Johnson, Jr. appeared in a Richmond, Virginia, city traffic court and was convicted of contempt because he refused to sit in the segregated courtroom's "Negro" section. Mr. Johnson was unaware of the segregated seating and first sat in a section reserved for whites.
In June 1963, Mary Hamilton, a field secretary for the Congress of Racial Equality in Alabama, was one of hundreds arrested during civil rights protests in Gadsden, Alabama.
In early 1965, civil rights groups including the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference began concentrating on voter registration in Selma, Alabama -- a city with the lowest voter registration record in the state's Black Belt region.
On January 7, 1966, 250 black students staged a march through downtown Tuskegee to protest the recent murder of Samuel “Sammy” Younge Jr. The march ended with a rally on the steps of the local jail where Younge’s accused killer, Martin Segrest, was being held.
On January 27, 1967, Jefferson County sheriff deputies went to the home of Robert Lacey, a black father of six, because Mr. Lacey had failed to take the family dog to the veterinarian after it bit a neighborhood child.
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