Civil Rights Timeline

Events

Bloody Sunday

April 14, 1935

It was one of the worst dust storms in history, and caused colossal damage to farms and land.

Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 5, 1955 - December 20, 1956

It was a time when African Americans refused to ride the buses to protest segregated seating arrangements.

Little Rock 9

1957

They were nine African Americans who were enrolled in a segregated Central high school because of excellent academics.

Friendship Nine

1961

They were a group of nine African Americans who boycotted segregation at restaurants by having a sitting at the counter and not moving.

Freedom Rides

May 4, 1961

They were bus launches by Freedom Riders, who rode to segregated places and challenged the laws of that area.

March On Washington

August 28, 1963

It was an event meant to shed light on the segregation of African Americans. This march also culminated in MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

September 15, 1963

The KKK bombed the church as an act of white supremacy, killing four girls in the process. It also galvanized the Civil Rights movement.

Selma-Montgomery March

March 25, 1965 - March 30, 1965

It was a five day nonviolent march Martin Luther King organized to protest segregation.

Watts Riots

August 11, 1965 - August 16, 1965

Also known as the Watts Rebellion, was fueled by what African Americans believed to be racially motivated abuse from police officers. The rioters looted stores, set fires, and beat people up.

Orangeburg, SC Massacre

February 8, 1968

It was the shooting of protestors by the SC patrol officers on the SC State University campus.