There was so much going on in the '60s. It was like a crazy quilt and trying to make sense of the decade can be mind boggling. We witnessed a shared history that was filtered by our life's experiences. To some the decade of the sixties was all about rock and roll, drugs, and free love (helped along with the pill) as a protest to conservatism and social repression of earlier years.
To others it was the rise of feminism: burning bras, ditching restrictive girdles, and trying find a ladder to climb up and break the glass ceiling. Others spent part of the '60s protesting and marching against the war in Vietnam, leading to the downfall of President Johnson. Still, others were immersed in the civil rights movement, marching, sitting in at lunch counters, and riding the bus to freedom. It was an exciting and radical decade. Somehow many of these causes, while separate, intersected and built to a huge crescendo by the end of the decade. Remember the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago? That was wild.
- Africa awoke and 32 nations received their independence from colonialism.
- The first African America mayor of a major American city was elected.
- James Meredith registered at Ole Miss.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. won a Nobel Peace Prize. He was the second African American to win it, Ralph Bunche in 1950 was the first.
- A wave of assassinations threaten to disrupt the movement.
- Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court.
- Sidney Poitier won an Oscar for Lilies of the Field.
- Bill Cosby starred in a TV series, I Spy.