Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15 1947

An important step towards full integration.

Integration of the Military

July 26 1948

Shows that the government fully supports integration.

Brown VS Board of Education

May 14 1954

Was a huge step towards desegregation, seeing as it was made illegal in schools by federal law.

Emmett Till Killed

August 28 1955

His mothers decision to have an open casket funeral created more emotion around the topic of lynching.

Rosa Parks Refusal to Stand

December 1 1955

Was eventually a good thing for the civil rights movement, because it sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 4 1955 - December 21 1956

Was a very good thing for the Civil Rights movement, eventually led to the legal desegregation of the buses in Montgomery.

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

September 23 1957

Not only did it promote integration, but the military action take by President Eisenhower gained national attention to the problem of integration.

Greensboro Sit-Ins

February 1 1960 - February 2 1960

A serious of nonviolent protests by students who simply sat down in white only bars and did not leave until the store closed.

Creation of SNCC

April 1960

Was a good step in the Civil Rights Movement, a central organization.

Freedom Riders

May 14 1961

Illustrated to the rest of the country the racial injustices that were being committed in the deep south.

The Children's March

May 2 1963

Ultimately a good thing for Civil Rights, ignited international outcry against segregation.

Civil Rights Act

July 2 1964

It got rid of unfair distribution of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, in workplaces and by facilities that served the general public.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 26 1965

Was a bad event for integration, promoted hatred for blacks.

Salem to Montgomery Marches

March 7 1965 - March 21 1965

First day was known as "Bloody Sunday", people were beaten by police with clubs and tear gas. They were only protesting Jimmy Lee Jackson's death.

Voting Rights Act

August 6 1965

An act that prohibits discrimination against voters, signed by Lyndon Johnson. Was a huge success for the Civil Rights Movement.