Four young black students sit at the white section of Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, sparking sit-in protests across the south.
The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is founded.
James Meredith is denied for admission to the University of Mississippi on the basis of his race, provoking national controversy on the question of segregation.
Various civil rights groups working independently in Mississippi join forces to create the Council of Federated Organizations as a means of coordinating their organizing in the state.
The first voter registration project under COFO begins in McComb, Mississippi.
After a long Supreme Court battle, James Meredith becomes the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi.
Fannie Lou Hamer, June Johnson and other civil rights workers are arrested and jailed in Winona, MS.
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington rally in Washington, DC.
A church in Birmingham, Alabama is bombed by white segregationists, killing four young girls, provoking national media coverage and outrage.
The Freedom Summer campaign begins in Mississippi, registering black voters, and building a mock election which parallels the state election system. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party is born.
Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, Micky Schwerner and James Chaney, are last seen alive after they set out to investigate a church bombing near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Their bodies are found six weeks later.
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the Democratic National Convention to seat them in place of the all-white Mississippi delegation.