civil rights

In 1947, former Army Captain Joseph R. Dorsey and two other African-American veterans sued to obtain apartments in the new, whites-only Stuyvesant Town housing project on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Although their lawsuit was not successful, their case symbolized a new era in civil rights activism in New York City, which had become the world’s largest African-American urban community. ... Read More

Meet the Activists

  • Hardine Hendricks
    Hardine Hendricks
  • Milton Galamison
    Milton Galamison
  • Bayard Rustin
    Bayard Rustin
  • Ella Baker
    Ella Baker
  • Benjamin Davis
    Benjamin Davis

Key Events

Global Events
Local Events

1909 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) founded in New York City

1943 Benjamin J. Davis elected to the City Council to fill the seat of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who becomes the first African-American New Yorker elected to Congress

1947 Dorsey et al sue Stuyvesant Town after the 1943 announcement that it would not be open to black families

1950 New York State and then New York City pass fair housing laws to ban discrimination in publicly assisted housing

1956 Two years after Brown v. Board of Education decision orders integration of schools, NAACP Schools Workshop formed to integrate New York City schools

1959 Anti-school busing protest in Glendale, Queens

1960 Lunch counter sit-in in Greensboro, North Carolina Ella Baker helps organize Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

1963 Harlem resident Bayard Rustin organizes March on Washington

1964 New York City public school boycott Police shooting of African-American teenager results in six-day Harlem riot

1968 Teachers’ strike over community control experiment in Ocean Hill-Brownsville

Key Events

1909
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) founded in New York City
1943 Benjamin J. Davis elected to the City Council to fill the seat of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who becomes the first African-American New Yorker elected to Congress
1947 Dorsey et al sue Stuyvesant Town after the 1943 announcement that it would not be open to black families
1950 New York State and then New York City pass fair housing laws to ban discrimination in publicly assisted housing
1956 Two years after Brown v. Board of Education decision orders integration of schools, NAACP Schools Workshop formed to integrate New York City schools
1959 Anti-school busing protest in Glendale, Queens
1960
Lunch counter sit-in in Greensboro, North Carolina Ella Baker helps organize Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
1963
Harlem resident Bayard Rustin organizes March on Washington
1964 New York City public school boycott Police shooting of African-American teenager results in six-day Harlem riot
1968 Teachers’ strike over community control experiment in Ocean Hill-Brownsville