National Civil Rights Timeline 1965
March 7, 1965
Violence in Alabama | Source: FBI photo, Wikimedia
Police violence erupts against marchers in Alabama. This moment is thought to be the catalyst that pushes through the Voting Rights Act and is often referred to as Bloody Sunday.
In the Selma to Montgomery marches, police violence erupts against marchers in Alabama. This event becomes known as Bloody Sunday. This historical moment is one of the catalysts that results in the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
August 6, 1965
Photo of President Johnson signing Voting Rights Act of 1965 | Source: Wikimedia
September 24, 1965
Source: Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries
President Lyndon Johnson signs Executive Order 11246, prohibiting employment discrimination based on race by government contractors. Government contractors were also to engage in affirmative action in hiring.