Civil Rights Timeline

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  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Plessy v. Ferguson
    Homer Plessy was one-eighth black and seven-eighths white, he was still legally required to sit in the "colored" car of the train. The judge found Plessy guilty of refusing to leave the white car and that "separate" facilities for blacks and whites were constitutional as long as they were "equal"
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  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    After the Plessy v. Ferguson case, the Supreme Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional which was a major victory of the civil rights movement
  • Little Rock School Deegregation

    Little Rock School Deegregation
    Government sent in national guard (to keep blacks out) and then the troops (to keep blacks safe) into Little Rock School
  • Emmett Till is Murdered

    Emmett Till is Murdered
    Emmett Till, who was a black boy, called a white woman ‘baby’, was arrested for it, and then beaten to death by white people; which opened the eyes of people to how bad racism had gotten
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    Rosa Parks planned on sitting in the whites section on the bus and refused to get up, then the boycott started
  • Sit-ins in Greenboro/Nashville

    Sit-ins in Greenboro/Nashville
    Boycott/civil disobedience - 4 black men sat at the ‘whites only’ table at lunch and refused to get up or out.
  • March on Birmingham

    March on Birmingham
    Most segregated area, sent children marching to stop segregation, government sent police dogs to attack and fire fighters to set their hoses on them
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    Martin Luther King Jr. & 250,000 others, 75,000 which were white, marched from Lincoln Memorial to Washington Memorial where he gave the famous “I Have a Dream” speech
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Civil Rights Act of 1964
    Outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and also women.
  • Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Act
    Act prohibits states from imposing any "voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or practice or procedure ... to deny the right of any citizen of the US to vote on account of race or color.
  • Martin Luther King Assassinated

    Martin Luther King Assassinated
    American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights movement, who became known for his advancement of civil rights by using civil disobedience. He was killed in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.