Civil Rights Movement

Events that happened during this period of time.


Linda Brown


Linda Brown was an 8 year old girl who lived in Topeka, Kansas. She lived close to an elementary school of where only whites were able to go, but because of segregation she had to travel by bus to a school that was farther away from where she lived. Her dad sued the school board of Topeka and eventually the U.S Supreme Court heard about this.

Martin Luther King


On December 5, 1955 the Montgomery Improvement Association elected Martin Luther king as president to lead the boycott.

Rosa Parks


In July of 1955 Rosa Parks attended to a workshop for civil rights organizers at the Highlander Folk School.

African American Boy Killed


On August 28, 1955 a 14-year old boy named Emmet Till was killed near Money, Mississippi, because he was illegally whistling at a white women.

Federal Interstate Commerce Commision


The Federal interstate Commerce Commission forbid segregation on interstate buses and also on trains.

Rosa Park Refuses


On December 1, 1955 Rosa park was asked to give her seat to a white person on the bus, but she refused to do so.

Montgomery Bus Boycott


The Montgomery Bus Boycott ended in December of 1956. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was when African Americans boycott the buses until they could sit anywhere they wanted to without being asked to move.

President Kennedy


On May 29, 1961,President Kennedy ordered the Interstate Commerce Commission to create and apply stricter fines and regulations for facilities and buses that won't participate.

King comes to Albany


In December, Martin Luther King came to Albany and joined the protesters.

King writes a letter


On April 16, 1963, Martin L. King wrote a "Letter from Birmingham Jail" where he responded to eight white ministers who asked him to end the protest and told him to be patient with the overturning of segregation.

King gets arrested


On April 12, 1963 Martin Luther King got arrested by the Birmingham police because he was giving a speech without a city permit.

Job and Freedom March


On August 28, 1963, the march for jobs and freedom occurred. Almost 250,000 people attended and this was the day King gave his "I have a dream" speech.

Kennedy Assasinated


On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated.

Civil Rights Act of 1964


On July 2, 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act which banned discrimination in public places and jobs.

King Speech


On April 4 King made a speech in New York against the Vietnam War.

Interracial Marriage


On June 12, 1967 the Supreme Court passed a law that forbid interracial marriage.

King assasinated


On April 4, 1968, Martin L. King was assassinated outside on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis.