Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson helped to pave the way and break the color barrier in baseball for future black players.

Integration of the Military

July 26, 1948

Soldiers in the Korean war fought side by side. This helped to bring different races together so when they came back to America, they would feel the same about each other as when they did in the war.

Brown Vs. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

Black children no longer had to go to the black schools that were run down and far away. They got to go to the same schools as whites.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

The murder of Emmett Till set off protests all around the world. People realized that racism was dangerous and it wasn't okay to murder because of someone's race.

Rosa Parks/ Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955 - December 20, 1956

Because of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, blacks got to ride in the front of the bus, and they felt that they had rights. It also got rid of bus segregation.

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock Arkansas

September 23, 1957

Children were now allowed to go to any school, even if they were black. It got rid of segregation in schools.

Sit-In - Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1, 1960 - February 8, 1960

The sit ins usually had positive results. They got into newspapers and the media and people all over the world heard about them. Eventually, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, it mandated desegregation in public accommodations.

Creation of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

April 1960

The SNCC helped to get the civil rights movement attention from the rest of the nation. It was a nonviolent way of protesting and people realized that it white racism was harsh.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961 - June 16,1961

The Freedom riders helped to inspire participation in other civil rights campaigns, such as voter registration in the south.

Children's March

May 2, 1963 - May 5, 1963

This march helped to get JFK to support racial equality and to get the Civil Rights Act passed.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

It ended unequal voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at work and at facilities that served the public. It helped to give African Americans most of the rights they were looking for.

Jimmie Lee Jackson Killed

February 26, 1965

This killing inspired the Selma to Alabama marches, an important event in the Civil Rights Movement.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 7, 1965 - March 25,1965

It was the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement. The marches shifted the public opinion of the segregationist movement, it went from trying to keep social order in the south to cruelty against non-whites. This helped to boost the Civil Rights Movement.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

This Act decreased racial discrimination in voting. This helped to complete the goals in the Civil Rights Movement, to get voting rights.