Blues Music Timeline

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In Music
  • Slaves arrive in America

    First African contracted servants arrive in American colonies
  • Every American Colony had slaves

    By this year, just about every colony in America had slaves brought from Africa
  • The Stono rebellions

    Slave rebellion that began on 9 September 1739, in the colony of South Carolina. It was the largest slave uprising
  • Slave importing Banned

    American congress bans further importation of slaves
  • Liberator

    Anti-slavery newspaper the Liberator is published and becomes a leading voice in the Abolitionist movement (Movement that eventually saw slavery become illegal)
  • Civil War and Emancipation

    Emancipation was the freeing of 3 million slaves in the rebel states of the civil war
  • Civil War and Emancipation

    Emancipation was the freeing of 3 million slaves in the rebel states of the civil war
  • NAACP Founded

    Establishment of political protest movement who demanded civil rights for blacks
  • African Americans in WWII

    During World War II, many African Americans were ready to fight for what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the “Four Freedoms”— freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear—even while they themselves lacked those freedoms at home.
  • Jackie Robinson

    By 1900, the unwritten color line barring blacks from white teams in professional baseball was strictly enforced. Jackie Robinson, a sharecropper’s son from Georgia, joined the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League in 1945, after a stint in the U.S. Army (he earned an honorable discharge after facing a court–martial for refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus)
  • Brown V. Board of Education

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its verdict in Brown v. Board of Education, ruling unanimously that racial segregation in public schools violated the 14th Amendment’s mandate of equal protection of the laws of the U.S. Constitution to any person within its jurisdiction.
  • Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    On December 1, 1955, an African–American woman named Rosa Parks was riding a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama when the driver told her to give up her seat to a white man. Parks refused, and was arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation laws, which stated that blacks sit in the back of public buses and give up their seats for white riders if the front seats were full.
  • Central High School Integrated

    Central High School, located in the state capital of Little Rock was integrated
  • Core and Freedom Rides

    Founded in 1942 by the civil rights leader James Farmer, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) sought to end discrimination and improve race relations through direct action. In its early years, CORE staged a sit–in at a Chicago coffee shop (a precursor to the successful sit–in movement of 1960) and organized a “Journey of Reconciliation,” in which a group of blacks and whites rode together on a bus through the upper South in 1947,
  • Birmingham Church Bombed

    In mid-September, white supremacists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama during Sunday services; four young African-American girls were killed in the explosion. The church bombing was the third in 11 days, after the federal government had ordered the integration of Alabama’s school system.
  • Birmingham Church Bombed

    In mid-September, white supremacists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama during Sunday services; four young African-American girls were killed in the explosion. The church bombing was the third in 11 days, after the federal government had ordered the integration of Alabama’s school system.
  • I Have a Dream

    On August 28, 1963, some 250,000 people—both black and white—participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the largest demonstration in the history of the nation’s capital and the most significant display of the civil rights movement’s growing strength. After marching from the Washington Monument, the demonstrators gathered near the Lincoln Memorial, where a number of civil rights leaders addressed the crowd, calling for voting rights,
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Thanks to the campaign of nonviolent resistance championed by Martin Luther King Jr. beginning in the late 1950s, the civil rights movement had begun to gain serious momentum in the United States by 1960. That year, John F. Kennedy made passage of new civil rights legislation part of his presidential campaign platform; he won more than 70 percent of the African-American vote. Congress was debating Kennedy’s civil rights reform bill when he was killed by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas,
  • Freedom Summer and the”Mississippi Burning” Murders

    In the summer of 1964, civil rights organizations including the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) urged white students from the North to travel to Mississippi, where they helped register black voters and build schools for black children. The organizations believed the participation of white students in the so–called “Freedom Summer”.
  • Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Act, which Congress passed in August 1965. The Voting Rights Act sought to overcome the legal barriers that still existed at the state and local level preventing blacks from exercising the right to vote given them by the 15th Amendment.