Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

For a long time professional baseball had been restricted to only White and Negro teams.

Integration of the Military

July 26, 1947

Negros have fought for the U.S. before, but never honored like White's were.

Brown Vs. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

The first laws to finally desegregate all public school in America.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

This showed the injustice of the justice system because the two men who brutally murdered this 14-year-old, were found not guilty.

Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955

The Rosa Parks and Montgomery Bus Boycott ended segregation on public transportation systems.

Integration of Central High school, Little Rock, AK

September 25, 1957

This was the first time in history where black students attended an all white public school.

Sit-In, Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1, 1960

This sparked a sit-in movement that instantly spread throughout colleges, towns, and cities throughout the North, and South.

Creation of SNCC

April 15, 1960

This committee gave a voice to young blacks who wanted to move this Civil Rights Movement at their own pace and their own way.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

Freedom rides put pressure on the federal government to do something about this because even people up North were turning against segregationists, and it motivated blacks in the South to show that they were still able to do something.

Children's March

May 2, 1963

The children's march prompted President Kennedy to publicly support racial equality and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

The Civil Rights Act officially ended all legal segregation throughout the U.S., which also lead to laws like the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act.

Jimmie Lee Jackson Killed

Feb 18, 1965

The death of Jimmie Lee Jackson lead to the start of the march from Selma to Montgomery.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 21, 1965

Even though the point of the march was for the right to carry out their protest it addressed other issues and led to the Voting Rights Act.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

The act banned the use of literacy tests, which made it available for more black people not already registered to successfully registered.