Civil Rights Event Timeline

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Brown vs Board of Edu.

05/17/1954

Supreme Court established separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.

Emmit Till killed

8/28/1955

Brutally murdered because he flirted with a white girl in a diner.

Rosa Parks

12/1/1955

Refused to move to back of the bus and let white people in her spot. Led to Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Little Rock 9

9/4/1957

9 black high school student tried to attend Little Rock High School. Mob formed and National Guard arrived.

1960 Greensboro Sit-In

2/1/1960

4 black students sat into a diner that refused service. Mob formed. Escalated over few days to violence.

1961 Freedom Rides

04/25/1961

Civil rights activists that rode interstate buses to protest unconstitutional bus laws.

MLK Arrested

03/12/1963

MLK was arrested during a protest, led to more attention on the civil rights efforts.

March on Washington

08/28/1963

Largest demonstration ever seen, let all of America know that civil rights were being fought for and why they were.

Freedom Summer

06/01/1964

Encouraged a black voter registration drive, led to violent response from KKK.

Civil Rights Workers Killed

06/21/1964

1 black and 2 white young civil rights workers were brutally murdered by the KKK. Sparked punishment for KKK.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

07/02/1964

prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, or sex.

Malcom X Assasinated

02/21/1965

Major civil rights speaker was shot during a speech in Harlem, led to demand of change.

Selma Campaign

03/07/1965

Blacks marched for rights, led to "Bloody Sunday" where many violent riots began.

Voting Rights Act of 1965

08/06/1965

Outlawed any sort of discrimination in the voting process.

Watts Riot

08/11/1965

Cop pulled over black man and treated poorly, led to violent riots throughout Los Angeles.

Black Power coined

05/29/1966

Coined by Adam Powell as a slogan for blacks achieving power and equality within society.

Black Panther

10/15/1966

Term "black power" was used and the Black Panther Party led by Huey Newton was willingly aggressive and violent seeking rights.

MLK Assasinated

04/04/1968

MLK was speaking at a Tennesse hotel when he was shot, led to civil distrust between whites and blacks including riots.

Riots In Over 100 Cities

04/04/1968

Following death of MLK blacks were shocked and violently fought for rights and justice, led to Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Civil Rights Act of 1968

04/11/1968

Prohibited discrimination on housing.