Jackie Robinson - First Major League Baseball Game
April 15, 1947
Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play a major league sport, and in doing so, he set a path for many more blacks to follow.
Integration of the Military
July 26, 1948
President Truman ended segregation in the armed forces, setting a monumental achievement for blacks, and giving them the same rights as whites in the military.
Brown Vs. Board of Education
May 17, 1954
The U.S Supreme Court delivered the unanimous decision that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, which gave black children the chance to go to white schools and to get a fair opportunity for education.
Emmett Till Murdered
August 28, 1955
This showed the entire nation how bad the racism was in the South, and how brutal whites were to blacks. This brought about much more support for civil rights for African Americans.
Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott
December 1, 1955 - December 20, 1956
This was a very monumental moment in the fight for civil rights because it was one of the most noted acts of rebellion against segregation, and showed that African Americans wouldn't let it happen anymore.
Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas
September 23, 1957
This day set a path for other schools around the country in the desegregating stages to follow; it showed that, even with hesitation or retaliation, the schools could become integrated.
Sit-In - Greensboro, North Carolina
February 1, 1960
This protest showed that African Americans would try to break the color barrier themselves, and that they would they might not follow the separations between whites and blacks anymore, no matter how they were treated in response.
Creation of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
This gave African Americans the chance to speak out more against civil rights and gave them more of a voice in this movement.
May 4, 1961
(May 4, 1961 was the first of many freedom rides)
These rides aimed to end segregation anywhere that was possible along their journey. These groups ended up with multiple accomplishments including the banning of segregation in bus and train stations nationwide.
May 2, 1963 - May 5, 1963
This showed that blacks were going to speak out against segregation, but it also showed the horrors that were bestowed upon blacks in this city when they stood up for their civil rights.
Civil Rights Act
July 2, 1964
Through this act, discrimination in public places became prohibited, integration of schools became mandatory and employment discrimination was made illegal, giving blacks many more fair opportunities in life.
Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed
February 18, 1965
This showed the nation what was going on around the country; it showed just how bad everything had become and led to more people wanting to help in the fight for civil rights.
March from Selma to Montgomery
March 25, 1965
Through their efforts during the march and at the state capitol where they went to protest, they, over time, achieved their goals; gaining multiple more rights for African Americans.
Voting Rights Act
August 6, 1965
This act allowed African Americans to legally vote for the first time in U.S history, which created a very positive impact in the country for blacks, and made them that much closer to being equal to whites.