Civil Rights Movement: Protests Timeline

  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    Was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. The decision overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of 1896 which allowed state-sponsored segregation
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    was a political and social protest campaign that started in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, intended to oppose the city's policy of racial segregation on its public transit system and The boycott resulted in a crippling financial deficit for the Montgomery public transit system, because the city's black population who were the drivers of the boycott were also the bulk of the system's paying customers.
  • Woolworth Sit-ins

    Woolworth Sit-ins
    The woolworth sit-ins were a series of nonviolent protests which led to the Woolworth's department store chain reversing its policy of racial segregation in the Southern United States.
  • Freedom Rides

    Freedom Rides
    The First Freedom RIde was when seven blacks and six whites left Washington, D.C., on two public buses bound for the Deep South. They intended to test the Supreme Court's ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which declared segregation in interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional.
  • Birmingham Children's March and Boycott

    Birmingham Children's March and Boycott
    A march by hundreds of school students in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 2, May 3, and May 4, 1963, during the American Civil Rights Movement's Birmingham Campaign. Initiated and organized by Rev. James Bevel, the purpose of the march was to walk downtown to talk to the mayor about segregation in their city.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    It attracted an estimated 250,000 people for a peaceful demonstration to promote Civil Rights and economic equality for African Americans. MLK did his famous "i have a dream" speech.
  • Selma To Montgomery March

    Selma To Montgomery March
    About 3,200 marchers set out for Montgomery, walking 12 miles a day and sleeping in fields. By the time they reached the capitol on Thursday, March 25, they were 25,000-strong. This forced Lyndon Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act 5 Months Later.