Civil rights

Civil Rights Timeline

  • Brown Decision

    Brown Decision
    supreme court rules unanimously that segregation in the schools is unconstitutional leading to the Plessy vs. Ferguson case "seperate but equal."
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    Civil Rights Movement

  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    Rosa Parks refuses to move to make room for a white person after the bus driver tells her to. Known as "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement."
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    An organization formed by Martin Luther King Jr., Charles K. Steele, and Fred L. Shuttlesworth that became a major force in organizing the civil rights movement. It focused on Nonviolence and civil disobediance.
  • Little Rock NIne

     Little Rock NIne
    Nine black students are blocked form entering an all white central High School on the orders of the govenor Oval Faubus. President Eisenhower sends in National Guard troops to help students.
  • Freedom Riders

    Freedom Riders
    Student volunteers take trips down south to test out the new laws that prohibit segregation. Several of the groups are attacked by angry mobs along the way. Involved more than 1,000 black and white volunteers.
  • James Meredith

    James Meredith
    first black student to enroll into University of Mississippi. Leads to riots and violence causing Kennedy to send 5,000 federal troops to help.
  • March on Birmingham

    March on Birmingham
    over 1,000 african american kids participated in the children's march. Many were hosed and attacked by police dogs. It was televised leading to the Civil Rights movement.
  • Medgar Evers

    Medgar Evers
    Mississippi's NAACP secretary is murdered outside of his home. Bryon De La Beckwith is convicted of murder after two trials. Medgar organized voter registration-efforts, demonstrations, and economic boycotts. Also helped investigate crimes perpetrated against blacks.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    about 200,000 people join in the Lincoln Memorial to listen to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.
  • 16th street Baptist Church Bombing

    16th street Baptist Church Bombing
    four young girls killed while attending Sunday school due to bomb. A popular locations for civil rights meetings. This leads to riots in Birmingham
  • 24th Amendment

    24th Amendment
    amendment that abolishes the poll taxes created to prevent poor african americans from voting.
  • Voter registration violence/ freedom summer

    Voter registration violence/ freedom summer
    Happened in the summer of 1964 no specific date. A network of Civil Rights groups launch a massive effort to register black voters
  • Civil RIghts Act of 1964 Due to Sit Ins

    Civil RIghts Act of 1964 Due to Sit Ins
    sit ins were a nonviolent protests that eventually led to the Civil Rights Act. It has happened multiple times throughout history and there is no one time that it happened in the civil rights movement.
  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X
    Black nationalist and founder of Afro-American Unity. Preached to all races all over the world. Was killed as he was finally getting "big." Three members of the Nation of Islam were convicted of 1st degreee murder for killing Malcolm.
  • Selma

    African Americans begina march to Montgomery in support of voting rights stopped by a police blockade. Known as "bloody Sunday" due to the use of tear gas, whips, and clubs.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassination

    Martin Luther King Jr. assassination
    James Earl Ray convicted of shooting Martin Luther King Jr, as he stands outside his hotel room on his balcony.