Civil Rights Timeline


Emmet Till Murdered

July 25, 1941

A fourteen year-old boy, Emmett Till had been brutally murdered and his body was thrown into the Tallahatchie River in Missippi. In the court, the murderer was found not guilty which has motivated the civil rights movement.

Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play on a major white league baseball team. He joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and was an amazing baseball player on the team.

Integration of the military

July 26, 1948

Integration of the military is when they combined back and white people into the military.

Brown v.s Board of Education

May 17, 1952

There was a court held for the brown v.s board of education. Brown argued that "seperate" could never be "equal"

Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks was a brave African American who refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passanger. Martin luther king jr. helped her win thd civil rights movement

Integration Of Central High School, LIttle Rock, Arkansas

September 25, 1957

This was a key event of the American Civil Rights Movement where 9 black students enrolled at an all-white Central Highschool in Little Rock, Arkansas. Court was ruling that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional

Sit-In - Greensboro, North Carolina


The sit-ins were a form of protest in which people sit and refuse to leave

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

The freedom riders had a goal to test a supreme court ruling outlawing segregation interstate travel. There were 13 freedom riders, 7 black and 6 white

Childrens March

May 5, 1963

The Children's March was when hundreds of school students marched in Birmingham, Alabama. This was on May 2, May 3, May 4, and May 5, 1963, during the American Civil Rights Movement's Birmingham Campaign.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

Kennedy was assassinated before he could get his civil rights bill through Congress. So Lyndon B. Johnson, the new president, banned descrimination in public facilities and protected voting rights for the civil rights movement.



The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or the(SNCC) was one of the most important orginizations of the American Civil Rights Movement. This orginization gave 10 dollars per week to the SNCC workers.

Jimmie Lee Jackson Killed

February 26, 1965

Jimmie Lee Jackson was killed by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler.Jackson was unarmed. His death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches, and an important event in the Civil Rights Movement

Voting Rights Act

March 1965

The Voting Rights Act was a piece of federal legislation in the US that prohibits discrimination in voting. It was signed by Lyndon B. Johnson the during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 25, 1965

The Selma to Montgomery Marches were marcjes and protests held in 1965 that marked a political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement.