Civil Rights Timeline


Brown v. Board of Education

May 17, 1954

A Supreme Court decision making " separate but equal" schools unconstitutional

Emmitt Till

August 28, 1955

A 14 year old African American boy from Chicago that was killed while visiting family in Mississippi, because he whistled at a white woman while in the grocery store

Rosa Parks

December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white woman on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Started the Montgomery bus boycotts

Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 5, 1955

Time when African Americans decided not ride the public buses in Montgomery. It all came to action because Rosa Parks refused give up her seat and she was later arrested

SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) founded

January 1957

Organization was founded to help fight for civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr. helped start the organization and later elected as the organization's first president

Little Rock Nine

September 1957

Nine African Americans students integrated an ALL white public school, Little Rock Central. Came into effect because of Brown v. Board of education court decision. When the 9 students tried to attend the Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas called in their state National guard to block the school entrance. Later in the month President Eisenhower sent federal troops to escort the Little Rock Nine to and from school. Their first attending Little Rock Central was September 25th, 1957

Freedom Riders

May 4, 1961

Black and white civil rights activist that rode buses through segregated southern states. Freedom riders protested segregated bus terminals, tried to use "white-only" restrooms, an be served food at lunch counters in Alabama, South Carolina, and other southern states