Civil Rights Timeline

  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    A court case that ruled that separate black and white schools was unconstitutional. It overturned "separate but equal."
  • Emmett Till killed

    Emmett Till killed
    Till was brutally murdered by two white man. His death caused an uproar.
  • Rosa Parks arrested

    Rosa Parks arrested
    After refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, Rosa Parks was arrested
  • Montegomery Bus Boycott

    Montegomery Bus Boycott
    After Rosa Park's arrest, African Americans boycotted Montegomery buses. The boycott lasted for over a year
  • Little Rock 9

    Little Rock 9
    After Brown v. Board of Education, nine African American students tried to go to school at Little Rock Central High School. An angry mob surrounded the school, but after 20 days they finally entered the school
  • Greensboro Sit-In

    Greensboro Sit-In
    Nonviolent protests that occured in Woolworth stores which refused to serve African Americans. The store eventually changed its policy
  • Freedom rides

    Freedom rides
    Civil Rights activists who rode buses into the southern United States to test the seggrgated busing.
  • MLK arrested

    MLK arrested
    Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested when he was nonviolently protesting. In jail he wrote the famous, "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    A Civil Rights march and rally in Washington D.C. where Martin Luther King jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech
  • Freedom Summer

    Freedom Summer
    An attempt to register as many African Americans as possible in Mississippi. Many resources were set up to help African Americans living in the south
  • Civil Rights workers killed

    Civil Rights workers killed
    The Ku Klux Klan lynched three Civil Rights workers in Mississippi. The murders outraged many and helped the Civil Rights Act of 1964 get passed
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Civil Rights Act of 1964
    An act that banned racial descrimination. An example is that the requirements for voting based on race was banned
  • Malcolm X assassinated

    Malcolm X assassinated
    Malcolm X was going to give a speech when three men who were members of Nation of Islam, which Malcolm X had previously left.
  • Selma Campaign

    Selma Campaign
    Marches from Selma to Montgomery for Civil Rights. The first march was to protest the death of Jimmi Lee Jackson. On the third march, the marchers were protected by nearly 3,000 soldiers
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Voting Rights Act of 1965
    An act that outlaw discrimating voting practices
  • Watts Riot

    Watts Riot
    Riots in Los Angeles due to racial segregation and discrimination. 34 people died in the riots
  • Black Panthers

    Black Panthers
    The Black Panthers were an organization that supported the Civil Rights movement and socialism. The group was nationalist-centric.
  • Black Power

    Black Power
    A term that was used during the Civil Rights movement and is associated with black nationalism and black separationism.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

    Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated
    MLK was assassinated in a Memphis motel hours after his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. His assassination caused riots
  • Assassination Riots

    Assassination Riots
    After MLK was assassinated, riots took place in over 100 cities all over the United States.
  • Civil rights Act of 1968

    Civil rights Act of 1968
    An act that provided equal housing opprotunities regardless of race