Civil Rights Timeline


Emmett Till Murder

July 25, 1941

Emmett Till was an African American boy who was murdered at age 14 in Mississippi , reportedly for flirting with a white woman. This was the event that made many whites realize what the colored people went through.

Jackie Robinson integrates baseball

April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson begins playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, which breaks the barrier for many African American athletes to come.

Integration of the Military


Truman ends segregation in the military.

Brown VS Education

May 17, 1954

School segregation gets struck down by congress, allowing black and white children to go to the same school, because of the Brown vs Education trial

Rosa Parks Montgomery bus boycott

December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks gets arrested for sitting in the front of the bus, challenging the idea of separate but equal. Which causes a boycott by the African americans against the buses.

Integration of Central High School Little Rock Arkansan

September 23, 1957

9 African American students where denied entrance to Little Rock High school in defiance of the 1954 U.S. Supreme COurt ruling integration in public schools.

Sit In

February 1,1960

A sit in was new tactic by the peaceful activists, it was was a peaceful and respectful way of ending discrimination.

Creation of SNCC

April 1960

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was a protest group in the 1960s against racial and social injustice, and against the war in Vietnam.

Freedom Riders


They where civil rights activist who rode buses into the south, they did this to challenge the supreme courts decisions on Irene Morgan vs Commonwealth of Virginia.

Children's March

May 2, 1963

The purpose of the march was to walk downtown to talk to the mayor about segregation in their city.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

July 2, 1964

Jimmy Lee Jackson was a civil rights protester who was shot by James Fowler, a state trooper. This angered many African Americans motivating them to go further

March From Selma to Montgomery

March 25, 1965

Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the capitol in Montgomery, demanding for voting rights.

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1965

It is a landmark piece of the civil rights movement, it outlawed discrimination bases of skin color, religion, sex. or heritage.

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

The voting rights act outlawed the discriminatory voting in may southern regions, including literacy tests and prerequisite voting.