Civil Rigths Timeline

Civil Rights Timeline

Baseball becomes integrated

April 15,1947

Jackie Robinson integrates baseball by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. This is important because the popular sport of baseball is now more diverse.

The military becomes integrated

July 26, 1948

The military becomes integrated by executive order 9981 by President Harry Truman. This means soldiers will fight side by side as equals.

Brown v. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

Oliver Brown challenged the Board of Education, he said that separate but equal schools were not equal. Brown said that it was bad that schools were segregated because it lowered colored students self esteem as can be shown in "The Doll Experiment". It is important that schools are not segregated because colored students are getting the same education and white students.

HIgh school in Little Rock ,Arkansas integrates

May 22,1954

A mayor in Little Rock, Arkansas said he would not let black student attend his high school even if he had to stand there. President Eisenhower responded by sending troops to Little rock to escort the students to class.This was important because schools in the deep South began to integrate.

Emmett Till was murdered

August 28, 1955

Emmett Till was staying with a family member and whistled at a white women while leaving a store. Later that night he was assaulted and murdered, the murderers were never arrested. This was important because it helped open eyes to many people about the civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott

December 1, 1955

Rosa parks refused to give up her bus seat to a black man on a bus. After that colored people boycotted city buses for a year. This was important because after this segregation of buses was not aloud.

Sit in - in Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1, 1960

Colored college students sat at a "white only" lunch counter and refused to leave until they were served. This was important because it got more people involved in the civil rights action and more colored people had sit ins.

Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

April 15, 1960

The SNCC supported colored leaders and did not like segregated schools. The SNCC was important because it planed sit ins and was a big part of the Civil Rights Movement.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

Colored people and white civil rights activists rode buses to the south to protest against segregation of buses, these people were called freedom riders. They put lots of pressure on the government to do something because they were not being treated well at all.

Childrens March

May 22, 1963

The Childress March proved that all ranges of youth wanted civil rights. This was important because it showed children also wanted equal rights, not just adults.

Civil Rights Act

July 22, 1964

Congress passed an act that banned discrimination in public facilities and employment. This is important because people were all treated equal

Jimmy Lee Jackson was killed

February 26, 1965

Jimmy Lee Jackson was a civil rights protester who was shot by Alabama State Troopers. His death was important because it inspired a civil rights demonstration that lead to the voting rights act.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 25, 1965

Martian Luther King Jr. lead the march from Selma Alabama to Montgomery Alabama. The group that marched faced lots of violence but it was important because after the march President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

This act allowed colored people to vote. This was important because it banned racial discrimination in voting practices by federal, state, and local governments.