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Continued: Key dates in civil rights era

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Feb. 21, 1965: Malcom X is assassinated.

March 7, 1965: “Bloody Sunday”: Marchers protesting the death of activist Jimmie Lee Jackson are beaten. It is the first in a series of Selma to Montgomery Marches.

Aug. 6, 1965: Voting Rights Act becomes law.

Aug. 11, 1965: Watts riots in Los Angeles begin; 34 people die in five days of violence.

October 1966: Black Panther Party forms.

June 12, 1967: Prohibition on interracial marriage ruled unconstitutional.

June 13, 1967: Thurgood Marshall nominated for the Supreme Court.

July 1967: 12 Street Riot: Police raid in unlicensed Detroit bar erupts into one of the worst race riots in U.S. history.

April 4, 1968: King is assassinated in Memphis.

1978: Racial quotas at the University of California Davis ruled unconstitutional.

1982: Voting Rights Act is extended.

2003: Affirmative action at the University of Michigan Law School is upheld.

June 24, 2013: High court orders the re-examination of the University of Texas’ affirmative action policy.

June 25, 2013: Key portion of Voting Rights Act is struck down.

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