Civil Rights

Civil Rights

Freedom Riders

1947 - 1961

Drew National attention to severe segregation in south.

Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball


Jackie Robinson "broke the color line" of baseball, winning the championship for the Brooklyn Dodgers. This was the first integration of professional sports.

Integration of the Military

July 26, 1948

The Army was a major employer of minorities.

Brown vs. Board of Ed.

May 17, 1954

It was a unanimous decision by an all white jury, secured integration of education.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

Reveled the brutality caused by Jim Crow laws.

Rosa Parks/ Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955 - December 20, 1956

Led to desegregation of public transport by Supreme Court on November 13, 1956

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

September 4, 1957 - September 25, 1957

The president sent troops to escort black students, showed he will enforce desegregation.

Sit-in ― Greensboro, North Carolina

Feb 1, 1960 - July 25, 1960

Inspired sit ins around other parts of the country.

Creation of SNCC

April 15, 1960

coordinated youth-led direct action campaigns against segregation, ex/ Freedom rides

Children's March

May 3, 1963

A non-violent protest attacked with fire hoses and police dogs, stirred civil rights movements everywhere leading to start of desegregation in Birmingham.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

Criminalized any segregation of public services and the use of federal funds for discriminatory programs.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 18, 1965

Was by a state trooper during a small protest.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 1965

the march was met by violence by state an local authorities, required federal escort to be successful.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

Banned racial segregation in voting practices by federal and local governments.