Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson show that blacks are just as good as whites in sports.

Integration of the Military

July 26,1948

Truman ends segregation in the military, blacks now are equal in the military.

Brown v. Board of Education

May 17,1954

Blacks and whites finally go to the same school and blacks now have equal opportunities in life as whites.

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock

September 3, 1954

Blacks have gained national attention when they were prevent from going to school it showed that whites would do whatever was necessary to not give blacks equal rights.

Emmet Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

Makes the blacks realize that they have a long way to go before they gain full equality, it gives them fire to fight for civil rights.

Rosa Parks/Bus Boycott

December 1,1955

Blacks boycott buses and buses lose money showing that the blacks businesses with buses is important to cities and that blacks are important to America.

Greensboro sit ins

Approx. 1960

The sit ins lead to blacks gaining rights and there being less segregation in the south and shows that blacks are going to use non violence to fight for civil rights.

Creation of the SNCC

February 1, 1960

In the civil rights struggle young people have emerged to fight and gave more hope for blacks future civil rights.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

The blacks were fighting for rights by going into the deep south and risking their lives showing they would risk life for civil rights.

Childrens march

May 2, 1963

The blacks were fighting for equal rights and had be brutally treated by the police, they put in lots of effort and would not give up until they had civil rights.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

They blacks had gained even more rights and were now inspired to gain full equality.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 26, 1965

Jimmy's death showed that some whites still want to be a superior race and gave blacks more reason to keep fighting.

March from Selma to Mongomery

March 25, 1965

The second march showed that blacks had support from the government to gain their civil rights.

Voting Rights Act

August 10, 1965

This showed that blacks had gained power in the country making it easier for them to vote.