Jackie Robinson had broken the color barrier by being black and playing in the MLB. This affected the Civil Rights Movement by allowing other sports to be integrated.
President Truman Integrates the U.S. Military
July 26, 1948
Harry Truman did not agree with segregation. Since he was chief operating officer, Truman didn't need congressional support to integrate the military. This move by Truman allowed blacks and whites to fight together.
Murder of Emmitt Till
August 28, 1955
A 14-year-old black kid was killed because he had whistled at a white woman, which was inappropriate for a black person to do.
Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott
December 1, 1955 - December 20, 1956
After Rosa Parks had been arrested for sitting in the white section of the bus, blacks refused to ride the bus until bus riding segregation was removed.
Brown vs. Board of Education
May 17, 1956
Oliver Brown had brought a case to the Supreme Court that he didn't want segregation of schools, because the black schools weren't equal to the white schools. The Supreme Court agreed with Brown, and schools became integrated.
Integration of Central High School in Little Rock
September 4, 1957
Nine black student were met at Central High School by many white hecklers that didn't agree with the integration of schools. The governor of Arkansas had even called the National Guard to block the students from the school, but the President sent troops to escort the children into and around the school.
Sit-ins of Greensboro, North Caroline
February 1, 1960
Civil rights activists had planned many sit-ins in Greensboro, sit-ins were placed all around cafeterias and dinners.
Creation of SNCC
The SNCC was the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. Their purpose was to plan peaceful protests, and the organization contained many whites from the North.
May 4, 1961 - September 22, 1961
Freedom Riders were blacks that had rode buses deep into the buses to achieve the goal of integration of interstate terminals. There buses were often attacked by angry Southerners, and some of the passengers were injured or killed.
March 2, 1963 - March 5, 1963
It was a march lead by young people in Birmingham, in order to display their anger with segregation.
Civil Rights Act
July 2, 1964
The Civil Rights Act was a big step in the dissolving of segregation because it outlawed discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, or sex.
Murder of Jimmy Lee Jackson
February 26, 1965
Jimmy Lee Jackson was an activist for civil rights, and was killed by a state trooper during a peaceful protest at age 26.
March From Selma to Montgomery
March 7, 1965 - March 25, 1965
The marches were a protest to the governor in Montgomery, Alabama due to the murder of civil right activist, Jimmy Lee Jackson.
Voting Rights Act
August 6, 1965
The Voting Rights Act was signed by President Johnson and aimed to overcome the barriers of voting for blacks