Civil Rights Timeline

Civil Rights Timeline

Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

For the first time ever, a black man was part of a professional sport.

Integration of the Military

July 28, 1948

This was important because blacks and whites fighting together would lead to more of a motive to try and integrate with each other back in the US.

Brown vs. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

This was important because it would lead to more socializing between blacks and whites in school.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

The murder of a 14 year old boy sent shock to the US and gave people realizations of what was happening in the south.

Rosa Parks/ Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1956 - December 20, 1956

Inspired many blacks to not take the bus or not give up a seat on the bus.

Integration of Central Highschool, Little Rock, Arkansas

September 25, 1957

The government showed that it was not going to allow discrimination or segregation anymore.

Sit-in, Greensboro, NC

February 1, 1960

Blacks were demonstrating that they wouldn't give in to segregation.

Creation of SNCC

April 15, 1960

It was a major role in sit-ins and in Freedom rides.

Freedom Riders

May, 1961

Forced inter-state commerce commision to desegregate buses and trains.

Children's March

May 2, 1963

This was important because the hosing and releasing of attack dogs on children changed the tide and made more Americans want to side with the blacks.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

Gave total equality to all different races.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 26, 1965

This showed how brutally the blacks were treated and made people from the north feel sympathetic towards blacks.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 7, 1965

Raised awareness of the difficulty faced by black voters.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

Blacks could now vote for a leader that was more fair towards them.