Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson Intergrates Baseball

April 14, 1947

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.

Intergration of the Military

July 26, 1948

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.

Brown vs Board of Education

May 17, 1954

On May 17 1954 the supreme justices tiled that the term "separate but equal" should not be applied in public education.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

A 14 year old boy was beaten and murdered while visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi for flirting and whistling at a white women.

Rosa Parks/Mountgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955 - December 20, 1956

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.

Intergration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

September 4, 1957

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.

Sit-In ― Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1, 1960

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.

Creation of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee(SNCC)

April 15, 1960

The SNCC played a major roll in the civil rights movement such as sit-ins freedom rides and the march on DC.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961 - May 20, 1961

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.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1962

There was now official desegregation in the U.S.

Children's March

May 2, 1963 - May 5, 1963

Where children skipped school to protest which resulted in more desegregation in schools and public places.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 1, 1965

On February first 1965 civil rights activist Jimmy Lee Jackson was killed for protesting for civil rights.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 7, 1965 - March 25, 1965

Hundreds of people, civil rights leaders, and activists black and white marched from Selma to Montgomery to help pass the Voting Rights Acts.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

African Americans were now free to vote without feeling any prejudice.