Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15 1947

The first African American to play in the major leagues. (Cario, Georgia)

Integration of the Military

July 26 1948

President Truman ordered the military to be integrated, when he couldn't get rid of discrimination when hiring. (Washington D.C)

Jimmie Lee Jackson Murdered

February 1954

Jimmie was shot by an Alabama state trooper, and died a few days later. His death inspired a civil rights demonstration which lead to blacks getting the right to vote. (Alabama, Marion)

Brown vs Board of Education

May 18 1954 - May 31 1955

Oliver Brown sued the Board of Education. He stated black segregated kids feel inferior and won, on the date on the timeline. (Topeka, Kansas)

Emmett Till Murdered

August 1955

Supposedly his death was sparked by Emmett doing inappropriate advances to a 21 white women. (Mississippi, Delta)

Rosa Parks and Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 5 1955 - December 20 1956

Rosa parks was arrested in December 1 1955 by refusing to get up and go to the back of the bus. Then on December 5 1955 blacks inspired by Rosa parks boycotted the bus. (Montgomery, Alabama)

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock Arkansas

September 4 1957

When little rock is integrated, to keep nine black kids out the Governor sent the national guard to bar them out of the school!(Little Rock, Arkansas)

Sit in- Greensboro North Carolina

February 1 1960

The first sit in was created by Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Balir Jr and David Richmond. (North Carolina, Greensboro)

The Creation of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee

April 1960

The SNCC was founded on April 1960, by young people who were involved in the struggle for freedom. (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Freedom Riders

May 4 1961 - May 17 1961

They rode deep into the South to go against the Jim Crow laws. (Walgett, Gulargambone, Kempsey, Bowraville and Moree).

Children's March

May 2 1963 - May 5 1963

Students skipped classes and started marching from downtown Birmingham, when they approached a police line many of them were arrested. (Alabama, Birmingham)

Civil Rights Act

June 11 1963

On this date President John F. Kennedy told the nation about plans for the civil rights act. (Washington D.C)

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 21 1965 - March 25 1965

This march was started by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Southern Christian Leadership Conference. (Selma- Montgomery) (Alabama- Alabama)

Voting Rights Act

August 6 1965

This gave blacks the right to vote. (Washington D.C)