Civil Rights Movement Timeline

Events

President Truman’s Executive Order

June 26th, 1948

Discrimination in military ends.

Brown vs. Board of Education

May 17th, 1954

Supreme court decides to end racial segregation in public schools, although most schools remain segregated.

Rosa Parks Arrested

December 1st, 1955

Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white man. Rosa is arrested. This marks the start of the Montgomery bus boycott, which will last over a year.

Little Rock Nine

September 4th, 1957

Nine African American students are blocked by a large group of white people and national guards from going into the school they were transferring to. President Eisenhower sends troops to escort them.

Greensboro Sit-in

February 1st, 1960

Four African American college students staged a sit-in at a whites only lunch counter.

March on Washington

August 28th, 1963

250,000 people marched in front of Lincoln Memorial. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.

Bombing of Birmingham Baptist Church

September 15th, 1963

Three former Ku Klux Klan members bombed a Baptist church before sunday morning services. Four young girls were killed and many injured.

Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2nd, 1964

Act prohibits employment discrimination because of race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.

Selma to Montgomery March

March 7th, 1965

Six-hundred marchers protest against black voter suppression. Police attack them. Martin Luther King Jr. fights it in court and ends up finishing the court and ends up finishing the march of March 25th.

Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act of 1968

April 11th, 1968

Makes equal housing opportunity no matter your race, religion, or national origin.