Civil Rights Timeline

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Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

04/15/1947

Showed that integration can work and that black people have real skills they can contribute to society and that they deserve a chance.

Integration of the Military

07/26/1948

Key in showing that blacks and whites can work together equally and in showing that integration can work.

Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott

1955

Key in eliminating bus segregation and showing the power of the african-american community when they work together.

Emmett Till Murder

08/28/1955

Key in helping the public realize how horrible racism and violence toward african-americans was and how it needed to be stopped.

Brown vs. Board of Ed.

12/01/1955

Ended segregation in public schools, a main initiative of the movement, and allowed for integration of other things, since Plessy vs. Furgeson was overruled in this case.

Integration of Little Rock, Kansas High School

09/03/1957

Showed that a Supreme Court Ruling would not be ignored and that schools would be desegregated.

Sit-in - Greensboro, NC

02/01/1960

Attracted attention towards the Civil Rights Movement.

Creation of SNCC

April, 1960

Key in organizing many protests against segregation and in favor of the Voting Rights Act.

Freedom Riders Protest

1961

Key in helping the pubic realize the wrong-doings of violent racist people and in the enforcement of laws requiring the desegregation of interstate buses.

Children's March

05/02/1963

Helped the public realize how horrible discrimination is and how violence toward african-americans needed to stop.

Civil Rights Act

07/02/1964

A triumph of the movement that outlawed discrimination at large and segregation in public areas.

Jimmy Lee Jackson Killed

02/26/1965

Key in calling attention to violence toward blacks and protests and in sparking the march from Selma to Montgomery.

March from Selma to Montgomery

March 7 1965

A key protest which called attention to the movement and in the passage of the Voting Rights Act

Voting Rights Act

08/06/1965

A key piece of legislation that outlawed discrimination in voting, thus helping the Civil Rights movement gain political power and equality.