Civil Rights - Christina Docherty


April 15 1947 - Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers, which broke the barrier in Major League Baseball.

July 26 1948 - Integration of the Military

July 26, 1948

President Truman ordered all armed forces to be joined, and that all soldiers no matter their race will fight side by side.

May 17 1954 - Brown vs. the Board of Education

May 17, 1954

Justices agreed that segregation in schools should end. Since Oliver Brown sued the board of education of Topeka, Kansas, schools were integrated in 1954.

August 28 1955 - Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

African American, Emmett Till, was murdered after reportedly asking a white salesclerk on a date and grabbing her hand.

December 1 1955 - Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955

On this date, Rosa Parks was riding on the bus. She was sitting in the seat right behind the white section of the bus. When there weren't any seats left and a white passenger didn't have anywhere to sit, the driver asked Rosa Parks to give up her seat. She refused to move, and the driver had her arrested.

September 23 1957 - Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, AR

September 23, 1957

The Little Rock nine enter the school through the side entrance. The white people did not want the black children going to the school.

February 1 1960 - Sit-In: Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1, 1960

Four black college students had a sit-in at the segregated lunch counter in F.W. Woolworth Co. Department Store.

April 1960 - Creation of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

April 1960

One of the most important organizations of the Civil Rights Movement, and it emerged from a meeting organized by a student in April 1960.

May 4 1961 - Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

A group of 13 African American and white civil rights activists launched Freedom Rides, a series of bus trips through the American South to protest segregation in bus terminals.

May 2 1963 - Children's March

May 2, 1963

Thousands of students in Birmingham gathered at the 16th Baptist Street to march downtown in groups of 50 to protest.

July 2 1964 - Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

This act prohibited discrimination in public places, and made for the integration of schools and other public facilities. It also make employment discrimination illegal.

February 26 1965 - Jimmie Lee Jackson Killed

February 26, 1965

Civil Rights protester, Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot and killed by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler.

March 25 1965 - March from Selma to Montgomery

March 25, 1965

Martin Luther King led nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. This was after a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery.

August 6 1965 - Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

This law was passed by President Johnson which overcame the barriers that prevented African Americans from voting under the 15th Amendment.