Civil Rights Timeline


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

april 15 1947

Jackie Robinson was the first AA to play MLB

Integration of the Military

July 26 1948

President Truman demands to end segregation in armed forces

Integration of the Military

july 26 1948

President truman supported the civil rights and wanted to protect them by protecting their rights and ban discrimination. So in 1948 he ordered the integration in all units of the armed forces and in the end AA and whites were fighting side by side

Brown v. Board of Education

may 17 1954

Supreme court ends segregation in school in Brown v. Board of Education

Emmett Till Murdered

august 28 1955

Murdered at the age of 14 after caught flirting with a white woman

Integration of Central High School

september 23 1957

Desegregation of public schools in the United States, nine AA kids attended an all white school



one of the most important organizations in the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960'w. Supporters in the North helped raise funds to support SNCC's work in the South to work full-time

Sit-In - Greensboro, North Carolina

february 1 1960

Four AA students sat at an all white lunch counter

Freedom Riders

may 4 1961

Blacks who rode interstate buses into the South to try to end segregation

Children's March

november 5 1962

charles avery left his school in Alabama to lead about 800 of his fellow students in a 10-mile walk to Birmingham city, the were stopped by the sheriff's department, arrested and jailed. Avery was 18 at the time

Civil Rights Act


congress passed the civil rights act

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 26 1965

Shot by Alabama state trooper in the stomach trying to protect his mother from being beaten

March from Selma to Montgomery

march 25 1965

this was known as "bloody sunday" and was followed by many marches and protests, this marked a political and emotional mark on the American Civil Rights Movement

Voting Rights Act

august 6 1965

a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits discrimination in voting. Congress later amended the act five times to expand its protections

Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott

october 24 2005

Refuses to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, her actions start a boycott that help to end segregation in public transportation