Civil Rights Timeline

By Teresa Casola


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

This was important because Jackie Robinson was the first black man who broke the color barrier, when the Brooklyn Dodgers started their baseball team.

Integration of the Military

July 26, 1948

This was important because it forbade discriminating against military personnel because of color, race, religion, and national origin.

Brown vs. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

This was an important issue of segregation in public schools.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

This was a big impact on the civil rights because Emmett was an African-american boy who was murdered at the age of 14, after he was reportedly flirted with a white woman.(Trail September 19, 1955)

Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955

This date is important because Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person on the bus.

Intergration of Central High School, LIttle Rock, Arkansas

September 23, 1957

This is important because the Arkansas National Guard made an effort to prevent nine African American students from integrating high school.

Sit-In- Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1, 1960

This was an impact because it was an idea of a non-violence and peaceful sit-ins provoking the type of reaction the Civil Rights movement wanted.

Creation of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee

April 1960

This is important because SNCC shared many of the goals and aspirations of the radical culture in the 1960s.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

This is imprtant because the Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode state buses into the segregated southern U.S.areas in 1961.

Children s March

May 2, 1963 - May 5, 1963

The main reason of the march was to talk to the mayor about segregation in their city.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

The Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin. It unequaled racial segregation in schools which was very important.

Jimmy Lee Jackson murdered

February 26, 1965

Jimmy Lee Jackson was a very important civil rights protestor who was shot and killed by Alabama State Trooper, Jackson death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 25, 1965

The march protest was very important it was held in 1965 had marked the political and emotional state of the American civil rights movement.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

This was important because it aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state that prevented African Americans their right to vote under the 15th Amendment.