Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 13, 1947

This impacted sports and society, Jackie Robinson showed the nation that African Americans can be good at sports and that no matter the race or color of someone.

Inttegration of the Military

July 25, 1948

This gave equality to African Americans in the armed services that no matter what race, ethnic group, color or national origin they could join the military.

Brown V. Board of Education


This desegregated schools in the South.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

This sparked the civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1955

This caused the bus segregations to be known as unconstitutional.

Integration of Central High School, Litttle Rock Arkansas

September 3, 1957

This gained world-wide attention, this also led to the desegregation of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Sit-In Ggreensboro, North Carolina

Nov 1, 1959

This started a movement to challenge racial equality throughout the South led by the youth.

Creation of SNCC

April 1960

This played a major role in sit-ins and freedom rides.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

This encouraged a nonviolent war, when participants of freedom rides were jailed, they were expected not to be willing to participate in the civil rights movement once they were freed from jail, but the instead they wanted to receive their rights more than before they were jailed.

Children's March

May 1, 1963

This made the nation notice that the peaceful action of the Children's March made them realize how negatively racism affected African Americans.

Civil Rights Act


African Americans gained equality in hiring, promoting and firing in jobs.

Voting Rights Act


This made African Americans notice their freedom and equality.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 25, 1965

This showed that African Americans didn't want to give up on their rights and equality

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 18, 1969

After his death, president Lyndon Johnson asked Congress to pass a voting rights act.