Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson integrates baseball

April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson was the first African American baseball player and he played with all whites which broke the color barrier.

Integration of the Military

July 26, 1948

Executive order 9981 made by President Truman allowed desegregation of the military.

Brown vs. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

The Supreme Court ruling in favor of Oliver Brown in the Brown vs. Board of Education case desegregated schools in the United States, which allowed for African Americans to go school with whites.

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

May 22, 1954

It showed the country that the military was willing to interfere in order for the ruling in the Brown vs. Board of Education case to succeed and to show how segregation was quickly falling down in the United States.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

Emmett Till's murder was a spark in the advance of activism and resistance which was known as the Civil Rights Movement.

Rosa Parks/montgomery bus boycott

December 1, 1955 - December 20,1956

After Rosa Parks arrest for not moving into the "Black section" of the bus, an entire movement was started to boycott buses until they were desegregated in Montgomery, Alabama.

Sit-In - Greensboro, NC

February 1, 1960

The sit-ins in Greensborough, NC desegregated many public facilities, set the stage for the
Civil Rights Movement, and set the creation of the SNCC.

Creation of student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee

April 15, 1960

It coordinated sit-ins and supported African American leaders.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

They called national attention to the violent ignorance for law that was used to enforce segregation in the southern United States.

Childrens March

May 2, 1963 - May 5, 1963

A.K.A the Childrens Crusade, was a protest of school children who skipped their classes to protest which ultimately
led to the desegregation of their downtowns and other public areas.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

The rights being guaranteed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were the desegregation of all public places and that americans have the right to vote without racial discrimination.

Jimmy Lee Jackson killed

February 26, 1965

His death led to the Selma Montgomery march and the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Acts.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 7, 1965 - March 25, 1965

Because of the sights of the violence that went on during the marches, President Johnson presented a bill that later became known as the Voting Rights Act.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

Allowed African Americans to vote.