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Jackie Robinson Integrades Baseball

1947

Jackie Robinson breaks the color line by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African-American pro

Integration of the Military

1950

In the Korean war the U.S. lets black men fight on the front lines with the white men for the first time ever

Brown vs. Board of Education

1954

a supreme court case that ruled that separate but equal as stated in Plessey vs. Ferguson, didn't mean equal. This integrated schools

Emmit Till Murdered

1955

A black kid that was murdered in Missouri for whistling at a white woman by the woman's husband. This sparked Civil Rights movements

Rosa Parks and Montgomery Bus Boycott

1955

When civil rights activist sat on the bus in the first seat for black people, a white person got on and the driver demanded she move. Rosa parks refused and got arrested

Integration of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

1957

After the ruling of the supreme court in the Brown vs. Board of Education, schools had to desegregate and Little rock had a huge riot on the fist day of school. Each of the 9 black students got personal Military guards.

Sit-In - Greensboro, North Carolina

1960

Four college students wanted to protest the rule that on whites can sit at the counter at restaurants. They were arrested eventually.

Creation of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committe

1960

The SNCC was a group of college students that led protests in the south mostly sit-in's at segregated lunch counters.

Freedom Riders

1961

People who rode busses to the segregated south to protest the segregated busses. They were often sabotaged

Children's March

May 2 1963

Many school students from Birmingham Alabama marched the mayors office to talk to the mayor about the segregation in their city. The children where attacked by the police

Civil Rights Act

1964

This is the law that stated no one can be discriminated against because of their color or race. This was a huge victory for blacks

Voting Rights Act

1965

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson the law protected the rights of black people that are stated in the 14th and 15th amendment.

March from Selma to Montgomery

1965

This was a march planned to go to the Alabama state capital and peacefully talk to the governor. Police halted the march and attacked some marchers

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

1965

A Civil Rights activist that was shot by an Alabama state trooper. Jimmy Lee was unarmed and his death inspired the Selma to Montgomery Marches