Civil Rights Timeline

These were acts that impacted the civil rights movement


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 5 1947

First African American to break the barrier in MLB

Integration of the Military


Desegregation of the armed forces was a major civil rights victory for African Americans

Brown vs Board of Education

May 17 1954

This ruling paved the way for integration and was a major victory of the civil right movement

Emmett Till Murdered

August 26 1955

When the murderers were acquitted it shocked people across the country and around the world. It lit a spark that helped ignite the modern civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks/ Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1 1955

Parks act of defiance with the Montgomery Bus Boycott became an important symbol

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

September 23 1957

Supreme court ruled that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional

Sit In Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1 1960

It launched a wave of anti segregation sit ins across the south

Creation of Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee

April 1960

Was one of the most important organizations. It started as a student meeting and grew into a larger organization.

Freedom Riders

May 4 1961

The freedom rides and violent reactions provoked the credibility of the American Cilvil rights movement

Children's March

May 2 1963 - May 5, 1963

President JFK fully supported racial equality after hearing about this event.

Civil Rights Act

July 2 1964

It was a landmark for civil rights legislation in the US that outlawed discrimination.

Voting Rights Act


The act is considered to be the most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever to be created in the US.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 26 1965

He was a civil rights protester who was shot and killed of his desire to vote.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 25 1965

Known as bloody sunday that marked a political and emotional reaction of the Civil Rights Movement.