How did the African American civil rights movement in the 1960s progress?

Between 1961 and 1963, over a million demonstrators protesting segregation, discrimination, and violence against blacks kept the pressure on in many southern cities.

This wave of protests reached a peak during the spring of 1963, when federal troops were sent into Birmingham, Alabama, to stop racial violence.

President John Kennedy reacted to the widespread demonstrations by introducing civil rights legislation designed to end segregation in public facilities.