"From Brown to Brown: Topeka's Civil Rights Story" Bus Tours Now Available
This new bus tour maps out locations in the city linked to local and national struggles for freedom and equality. Bus tours will be available Saturday, May 25, 2013 and June 1, 2013. Click on More for complete details of the tour. More »
2013 Teacher Ranger Teacher Opportunity
During the summer of 2013, the national NPS office of history and civics is seeking a Teacher Ranger Teacher to develop lesson plans that incorporate information about the National Park Service that meet common core standards, located in Topeka, Kansas. More »
World War II (1941-1948)
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1941 December 7 - Japan attacks the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. The United States enters World War ll. Around one million African Americans serve in the armed services by 1945.
1942 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) is founded. It aims to fight discrimination and racism through sit-ins and other nonviolent direct action.
1942 Manzanar, first of ten relocation centers, is established for the internment of Japanese Americans.
1946 Morgan v. Virginia. U.S. Supreme Court rules that segregated seating of interstate passengers is unconstitutional.
1946 President Harry S Truman appoints African Americans to the Presidential Committee for Civil Rights.
1947 CORE stages the first Freedom Ride, called the "Journey of Reconciliation."
1948 President Harry S Truman issues an executive order banning segregation in the armed forces.
Did You Know?
The Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision involved more than 150 plaintiffs from five states.--Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site More...