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Black History Month Facts
1963 – More than 200,000 people march on Washington, D. C., in the largest civil-rights demonstration in U. S. history; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his “I Have a Dream” speech.
1963 – Four young Black girls are killed in the bombing of a Birmingham, AL church.
1964 – President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving government more power to protect citizens against race religion, sex or national-origin discrimination.
1965 – Malcolm X, former minister in Nation of Islam and civil-rights activist, assassinated.
1965 – Thousands participate in three protest marches from Selma to Montgomery, AL for Black voting rights.
1965 – President Johnson signs Voting Rights Act of 1965.