On this date Jackie Robinson became the first ever African American to play Major League Baseball when he played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In 1948 President Harry Truman approved to end segregation in the U.S. Military. African American and white solders fought side by side in the Korean War.
On May 17 1954 the supreme justices tiled that the term "separate but equal" should not be applied in public education.
A 14 year old boy was beaten and murdered while visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi for flirting and whistling at a white women.
On December 1st 1955 an African American women boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama and when she was asked to give up her seat for the white man she refused and was arrested. This cause a large bus boycott lasting over a year.
The Arkansas government sent there state's National Guard to prevent nine colored students from attending the Little Rock school. An angry mob gathered outside the school taunting and yelling at the black children.
Black people would sit at a white food counter and asked to be served and when told to leave, they stayed as an act of peaceful protest but they were beaten.
The SNCC played a major roll in the civil rights movement such as sit-ins freedom rides and the march on DC.
A group of African Americans that rode interstate buses into segregated parts of the south. By doing this they challenged local laws of segregation and separation in a peaceful way.
There was now official desegregation in the U.S.
Where children skipped school to protest which resulted in more desegregation in schools and public places.
On February first 1965 civil rights activist Jimmy Lee Jackson was killed for protesting for civil rights.
Hundreds of people, civil rights leaders, and activists black and white marched from Selma to Montgomery to help pass the Voting Rights Acts.
African Americans were now free to vote without feeling any prejudice.