Civil Rights Movement Major Events


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

April 15, 1947

Made way for changes in places with segregation and discrimination, such as in sports.

Integration of the Military

July 26, 1948

As segregation decreased in the military, tensions decreased because blacks and whites would both be fighting for America.

Brown v. Board Of Education of Topeka

May 17, 1954

Made way for several other court case wins for blacks against the segregation of schools, while also getting rid of the false "separate but equal" clause when applied to education.

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

May 22, 1954

Showed the Supreme Court and Government's support in desegregating the schools because they went against the mayor of Little Rock, and made sure that blacks would be able to go to school with whites.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

Showed the extreme discrimination against blacks and angered many people. It helped get more people, even whites, to support the civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks/ Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 1955 - December 20, 1956

Encouraged people to take non-violent action to support the civil rights movement.

Sit-In- Greensboro North Carolina

February 1, 1960

Like the bus boycott, it further encouraged people to take non-violent action and create strategies to support the civil rights movement.

Creation of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

April 15, 1960

Caused many people to participate in sit-ins and other non-violent activities to try and end segregation. Made the civil rights movement more powerful.

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

Led to other political protests against segregation and Jim Crow Laws.

Children's March

May 2, 1963 - May 5, 1963

Like previous events, it caused people to think about whether separate actually meant equal, and whether or not blacks and whites actually were given equal opportunities in life.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

Very big step and win for blacks fighting discrimination. This law forbade the discrimination of an individual on the basis of sex and/or race in hiring, promoting, and firing.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 26, 1965

Angered people taking part in the civil rights movement, and therefore caused more action, such as the march from Selma to Montgomery and the passing of the Voting rights Act to take place.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 21, 1965 - March 25, 1965

As many activists were attacked during a peaceful protest, many people finally realized the true evils and unfairness of discrimination, extreme bias, and segregation.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

A huge step toward equality for all people regardless of race because blacks were finally allowed to and not afraid to vote.