Civil Rights Timeline


Integrating the Military: 1948


President Truman ordered integration in the military with black and white Americans fighting side by side.

Brown vs. Board of Education : May 17, 1954

May 17, 1954

Ruling in favor of Brown, this case went all the way to the Supreme Court to get it's ruling.

Death of Emmett Till : August 28, 1955

August 28, 1955

The death of Emmett Till was a result of Till flirting with a white store keeper 4 days earlier.

Rosa Parks is Arrested : December 1, 1955

December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks sat in the front of a bus in Alabama, and when a white man asked her to give up her seat, she refused, and was arrested.

Montgomery Bus Boycott : December 5, 1955 - December 20, 1956

December 5, 1955 - December 20, 1956

During this time, blacks boycotted all public buses until there was bus integration.

Integration of Central High School : September 1957

September 1957

In Little Rock, Kansas, 9 black students were allowed to go to an all white school. They were called the Little Rock 9.

Greensboro, North Carolina Sit-Ins : February 1, 1960 - July 25, 1960

February 1, 1960 - July 25, 1960

In fighting for equality, blacks and whites from colleges protested segregation by sitting at whites only lunch counters.

Creation of the SNCC : February 1960

February 1960

The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee was to give blacks a bigger chance to speak out during the Civil Rights Movement.

Freedom Riders : May 4, 1961

May 4, 1961

13 African Americans and civil rights activists set up a series of bus trips through the south to protest segregation of bus terminals, but ended up encountering more violence than they expected.

Children's March : May 2, 1963 - May 22, 1963

May 2, 1963 - May 22, 1963

In order to stop segregation in schools, thousands of black students skipped school to march to freedom.

Civil Rights Act : 1964


This act ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination.

Jackie Robinson Integrated Baseball : 1965


Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier when he is drafted to play on the New York Dodgers Baseball team.

Jimmie Lee Jackson Is Killed : February 18, 1965,

February 18, 1965

After participating in a peaceful protest, Jackson was shot by a state trooper. Following his death was "Bloody Sunday."

March from Selma to Montgomery : March 25, 1965

March 25, 1965

A 50 mile journey from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama ended up a two year violent opposition.

Voting Rights Act : 1969

Approx. 1969

Under the 15th amendment, this act allowed all blacks to be able to vote for local and national elections.