Civil Rights Movement


Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball


First African American player to be integrated into major league baseball. He gained much support from both black and white fans.

Integration of The Military

July 26, 1948

Executive order9981 issued by President Truman-abolished racial segregation in US armed forces

Brown vs. BOE

1952 - 1954

Many different cases of segregation in schools- verdict abolished separate but equal in schools.

Emmett Till Murdered

August 28, 1955

He went to visit is mother in Mississippi, and made a remark to a white lady. He was kidnapped and brutally beaten and murdered later that day.

Rosa Parks

December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks refused to switch seats for a white man-was arrested.

Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 5, 1955 - december 20, 1956

Black people refused to ride the buses to and from work in Montgomery- it eventually led to an integrated bus system.

Integration of Central Highschool, Little Rock, Arkansas

September 3, 1957

Governor Orval Faubus ordered the national guard to prevent the 9 black students from entering the newly "integrated" highschool.

Sit-in Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1, 1960

4 black students went and sat at a white-only lunch counter in Woolworth's- it sparked a wave of sit-in's all over.

Creation of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Approx. april 1960

Organized sit ins and freedom rides. Gave young people a voice in the Civil Rights Movement.

Freedom Riders

Approx. 1961

Mixed races rode buses down the South to prove how the federal laws banning segregation on buses weren't being followed there

Children's March

May 2, 1963

Thousands of black students marched downtown in Birmingham- police set attack dogs on them and used fire hoses on them-shocked the world and made headlines

Civil Rights Act

July 2, 1964

Ended racial segregation in schools, workplaces, and public accommodations.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

February 18, 1965 - February 26, 1965

Was shot by a state trooper when he was trying to save his family-he died 8 days later

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 7, 1965

The march got beaten back by the police with nightsticks and tear gas- 2 days later Martin Luther King Junior led another march that succeeded

Voting Rights Act

August 6, 1965

Signed by President Lyndon B Johnson, it enforced the 15th amendment which gave African American people the right to vote.