Racial events between 50s and 60s in USA

Timeline created by Franlu
  • Racial Issues Rise

    Racial Issues Rise
    School segregation. During the early 1950s many black students were not recognized and where not allowed to be taught.
  • Racial Segregation

    Racial Segregation
    Black people had to sit at the back of the bus. The "colored area" was clearly marked to make sure that they "knew their place." However, it was allowed to have whites take a seat in the back section if there were no more seats up in front.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    Brown vs. Board of Education
    The Supreme Court rules that school segregation is unconstitutional.
  • Rosa Parks Arrest

    Rosa Parks Arrest
    Rosa Parks was an African American women who was sitting in a bus, when a white passenger wanted her seat. Because she refused to give up her seat, she was sent to jail. This action initiated the Montgomery Buss Boycott.
  • Little Rock Nine

    Little Rock Nine
    President Eisenhower sent the National Guard to Little Rock School to protect nine black students as they desegregate the school
  • Sit-in Campaigns

    Sit-in Campaigns
    Students across the country staged sit ins to protest the segregation. The first one took place at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, where a group of African American students refused to leave a lunch counter.
  • JFK

    JFK was elected president in 1960.
  • Freedom Riders

    Freedom Riders
    Thirteen civil rights activists who called themselves the Freedom Riders rode the interstate bus route to protest segregation in bus terminal. These activists were both African-American and white. Several times they were attacked by angry.
  • A Dream Speech

    A Dream Speech
    Martin Luther King speech was delivered to a large amount of rights marchers in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. MLK was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
  • Assassination of JFK

    Assassination of JFK
    The president John F. Kennedy, the suporter of Civil Rights movements was killed in Dallas. Some people believed he was assainated because he was for desegregation.
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    The Civil Rights Act ended public segregation and employment discrimination on the basis of any characteristic (race, religion, sex, etc.). It was proposed by John F. Kennedy and signed by Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Martin Luther King's Assassination

    Martin Luther King's Assassination
    King was shot while standing on his motel balcony in Menphis, Tennessee. He died shortly later at the hospital. He was thirty-nine years old. James Earl Ray was , a white ex-convict was charged with his murder.