Civil Rights History

Events

Constitution Created: The Constitution had a provision stating that congress could not regulate slavery for the first 20 year, Initially -, Congress,

1788

Constitution Created, Constitution, Initially -
The Constitution had a provision stating that congress could not regulate slavery for the first 20 years

Dredd Scott Case: Ruled that African Americans cannot be considered citizens, -, Courts

1857

Civil War: The war that led to freedom for slaves, +, Congress

1861

13th Amendment: Officialy abolished slavery, +, Cong

1865

14th Amendment: Provided equal protection under the law, +, Congress

1868

15th Amendment: Established the right to vote for black males, +, Congress

1870

Plessy v. Ferguson: Seperate but Equal rule, which resulted in Jim Crow laws, -, Courts

1896

Formation of NAACP: Formed an extremely important organization for the African American cause, +

1909

Brown V. Board of Education: Ruled that segregated schools was unconstitutional, +, Courts

1954

Boycott of Buses: Dr. Martin Luther King lead a boycott of the bus system that had Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move for a white man, +

1955

Emmit Till: Killed by racist southerners for whistling at a white woman, his death brought national attention to the civil rights issue, +

1955

Little Rock: Arkansas Governor tried to prevent African American children from going to a white school in Little Rock, only to have his offer stopped by Eisenhower with his military, +, President

1957

Lunch Counter Sit In: Protesting restaurants that refused to serve black people, +

February 1, 1960

Dogs and Fire Hoses Used Against Protesters: Showing the savagery that the opposition would bring themselves to, +

1961

First Black Graduate from White University: James Meredith was able to attend the white university because President Kennedy sent federal troops to protect him, +, President

1961

I had a Dream Speech: Dr. King delievered his most famous speech, speaking about an ideal world in which people are treated equally, +

1963

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing: Showed the absolute hate for black people in the south to the rest of the nation, +

1963

Civil Acts Right of 1964: Made segregation of public places illegal, and started equal opportunity employment, +, Congress

1964

Voting Rights Act: Guaranteeing the right to vote to black people, after a 54 mile march to the capital of Alabama, +, Congress

1965

Civil Rights Act of 1968: Provided equal treatment in housing, +, Congress

1968