Circle Civil Rights Timeline

Civil Rights Timeline Circle

Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

Jackie was the first to break down the color barrier in sports.

Integration of the Military

July 26, 1948

It was one of the first major losses for people who supported segregation.

Brown vs. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

It was a second major win for blacks because it integrated society and gave them a legal reason to challenge segregation laws.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 25, 1955

The sight of Emmett Till's mutilated body sparked a surge of activism in the Civil Rights Movement.

Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955 - December 21, 1956

Rosa Parks arrest caused the Montgomery bus boycott which eventually (1 year and 20 days later) led to blacks being able to sit anywhere on the bus.

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

September 4, 1957

This affected the Civil Rights Movement by raising a generation that is happy being integrated because they don't have much racism or don't really know the difference.

Sit-In - Greensboro, North Carolina

February 4, 1960

This showed that a simple protest like a sit-in can change many things; the sit-ins spread to other places who also gave in and integrated their seating.

Creation of Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

April 15, 1960

This committee was smart, they knew that violence would get blacks nowhere, peaceful protests were the only way to gain equality.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

Not only the ride itself but what happened on the ride caught many peoples attention and brought many people to realize that violent segregation was wrong.

Children's March

May 2, 1963 - May 5, 1963

This showed the world how bad segregation was when children are being hurt to prevent them from speaking with the mayor; it convinced JFK to endorse black civil rights and Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Act.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

This act paved the path for the Voting Rights Act and Americans could legally set people straight for civil rights violations.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 18, 1965

Jimmy Lee Jackson's murder was important because it inspired the march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.

March From Selma to Montgomery

March 20, 1965 - March 25, 1965

Police used violence to try to stop this, they injured many so it was nicked named bloody sunday. Lyndon B. Johnson did not like what he was seeing so 8 day later, he passed the Voting Rights Act.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

This act took away the restrictions for blacks to vote, leaving only four out of the normal 13 with under 50% of blacks registered to vote.