Civil Rights Timeline

By Nicole Solimine

Topics

Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson became the first African American Baseball player to compete in the major leagues. He became part of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Integration of the Military

July 26, 1948

In 1948, Harry Truman established executive order 9981 which meant African American and white soldiers fought side by side.

Brown vs. Board of Education

October 8, 1952 - May 17, 1954

The Brown vs. Board of Education case impacted the civil rights movement because it ordered all schools to desegregate.

Emmet Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

The murder of Emmett Till impacted the civil rights movement because it lead to a spark of realization that African Americans are treated so poorly.

Rosa Parks / Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955 - December 20, 1956

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott impacted the civil rights movement by having the Supreme Court rule that segregation on buses was unconstitutional.

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Alabama

September 23, 1957

In Little Rock, Alabama, nine African-American high school students faced an angry mob of over 1,000 White Americans protesting integration.

Sit In - Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1, 1960

This was when four African-American students of sat at a white-only lunch counter inside a store located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Creation of Student Non - Víolent Coordinating Commitee

April 1960

The Student Non - Violent Coordinating Committee was one of the most important organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement started by Ella Baker.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

Freedom riders impacted the civil rights movement because they were civil rights activists who promoted African American equality.

Children's March

May 2, 1963 - May 5, 1963

The Children's March impacted the civil rights movement because it's when many people walked downtown in Birmingham Alabama to talk to the mayor about segregation in the city.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

The Civil Rights Act impacted the civil rights movement because it outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or origin.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 26, 1965

Jimmy Lee Jackson's death impacted the civil rights movement because his death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches.

March From Selma to Montgomery

March 7, 1965

The march from Selma to Montgomery impacted the civil right movement because it resulted in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

The Voting Rights Act impacted the civil rights movement by prohibiting discrimination in voting.