Civil Rights Timeline

Due Wednesday June 4th Nora MacNeil Mr. Woolsey Social Studies Period 8


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15 1947

Jackie Robinson's involvement in baseball made it easier for whites to accept integration and created a situation of peaceful segregation in a previously separated area.

Integration of the Military

July 26 1948

Executive order 9981 was one of the first major actions in destroying segregation in America.

Brown vs. Board of Education

May 17 1954

The Brown vs. board of Education ruling served as a huge milestone for African Americans and the civil rights movement and also formed a means to fight segregation legally.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28 1955

The death of Emmett Till caused brought to the forefront the violence the deep south would follow through with because of race.

Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1 1955 - December 20 1956

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott provided momentum for African Americans to strive for equal rights during the civil rights movement.

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas.

September 23 1957

The desegregation of the Little Rock Central High School became and integral part of the early civil rights movement and the strive for equal opportunity in America.

Sit-In Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1 1960

The successful sit in served as a victory in the civil rights movement and also inspired similair actions throughout the country.

Creation of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

April 17 1960

The sit ins executed by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee were invaluable in providing momentum for the civil rights movement.

Freedom Riders

March 4 1961

The freedom riders called attention to the disregard of the law in southern states in order to support discrimination and were also a cause of the desegregation of transit terminals.

Children's March

May 2 1963 - May 5 1963

The Children's March caused many Americans to not be able to ignore the racial segregation and injustices being done.

Civil Rights Act

June 19 1964

The Civil Rights Act created legal opportunities to fight discrimination on a federal level and paved the way for programs that prevented racism.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 26 1965

Jimmy Lee Jackson's death triggered many other actions against segregation and drew attention to the severity of the racism in the south.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 7 1965 - March 21 1965

This march raised awareness of what the African Americans wanted and also encouraged the Voting Rights Act.

Voting Rights Act

August 6 1965

This act was a legal victory for African Americans that moved the United states even further towards racial equality.