Civil Rights Timeline

  • Plessy V. Ferguson

    Plessy V. Ferguson
    Plessy attempted to sit in the only white train and even though he was only partially black, he was asked to move to the black train. This is because it was against the law in Lousianna. This case is significant because it goes to show the extreme measure taken if you are even just a little black.
  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    Brown vs. Board of Education was the landmark case that resulted in desegregation of public schools. Linda Brown was a little African American girl attending third grade at public school in Topeka, Kansas, in 1951. It was significant because the Plessy V. Ferguson case was supposed to prevent things like this.
  • Emmet Till is murdered

    Emmet Till is murdered
    A young black boy from chicago was in Lousianna with family, when he called out to an older white women in a store. He called her babe and this is when late that day two older white men went to his house, picked him up, and killed him. It was significant because it opened the eyes for the people.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    This action took place after Rosa Parks was arrested. Every black person that usually road the bus, stopped and tried to proove a point about segregating. This was significant because 3/4s of the people that road the buses were black and with out them the buses would go out of business. This left the city with no other choice but to make segregation illegal.
  • Little Rock School Desegregation

    Little Rock School Desegregation
    This event is when 9 African Americans got allowed to go to high school with white kids. It was brutal at first and didn't lighten up while they were there, even though they had escorts, they still got terrorized in the bathrooms, locker rooms, ect. This is significant because 1 African American actually graduated from the high school.
  • Sit-ins in Greensboro / Nashville

    Sit-ins in Greensboro / Nashville
    A bunch of blacks went around to diners and sat up at the booths and were refused service. They had waves of blacks come in and out and get refused. Eventually all of them started to get arrested but this was over ruled by the fact that they made segregation like this illegal. It was significant because they had the courage to stand up for them selves and they actually won the battle.
  • March on Birmingham

    March on Birmingham
    The African Americans were marching around the streets and it got a little out of control. It was mainly kids because the parents couldn't risk taking off of work, so when it got out of hand the fire department was called and told to spray all off them with the powerful hose.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    an estimated quarter of a million people—about a quarter of whom were white—marched from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, in what turned out to be both a protest and a communal celebration. It was significant because of the big amount of people marching and what it represented.
  • Civil Rights act of 1964

    Civil Rights act of 1964
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was important in the history of America bcause it outlawed segregation in public places, schools, and places of emplyoment. Furthermore, it made discrimintation based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin illegal.
  • Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Act
    Congress decided that dessegregation was against the 15th amendment, and that being, they gave blacks the right to vote. By doing this it was significant because this was the only things whites had left over the blacks.
  • Martin Luther King Assasinated

    Martin Luther King Assasinated
    This is when MLKJ was sniped and killed. It is really significant because he had the biggest impact on the African American society at the time and was a huge reason of why they have their freedom to this day.