Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

Made Americans question the phrase "Separate but Equal"

Integration of the Military

July 26, 1948

This desegregated the military and allowed African Americans to fight for their country

Brown vs. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

Made it a federal law to ban segregation in public schools

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

Sparked agression in many African Americans and their lack of fair treatment

Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955 - December 20, 1956

Allowed for nonsegregated buses

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

December 25, 1957

Desegregated several schools in the US

North Carolina Sit In

February 1, 1960

Many stores and restaurants became desegregated

Creation of the SNCC

April, 1960

Sit ins became more frequent, and showed direct action

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961 - May 24, 1961

Helped to create desegregated buses

Children's March

May 2,1963 - May 5, 1963

JFK intends to make a law banning segregation

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

Outlawed any and all discrimination

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 25, 1965

His death inspired the march from Selma to Montgomery

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 7, 1965 - March 25, 1965

Inspired the President to pass the Voting Rights Act

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

Gave African Americans the right to vote, which is one step closer to equality