Civil Rights Timeline

  • Ku Klux Klan

    Ku Klux Klan
    The Ku Klux Klan was often abbreviated to the KKK. The KKK was a white supremacy group that didn't agree with the progress in civil rights. They used violent and indimitating acts of agression against African Americans. The KKK used to tar and feather people and lynch them. There have been three groups of the KKK since 1865 and the newest group has been present since 1946 and went through the civil rights movement during the 1950's and 60's.
  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X
    Malcolm X was a civil rights activist who was sent to prison at the age of 20 for breaking and entering. While in prison Malcolm X became a member of the Nation of Islam group. In 1952, after his parole, Malcolm quickly became one of the leaders. Malcolm was a public figure that represented the group. Malcolm believed in black supremincy and favored black and white seperation, thought later in life his beliefs changed. Malcolm X was assasinated in1965 by three members of the Nation of Islam.
  • Jackie Robinson

    Jackie Robinson
    Jackie Robinson was the first African American Major League Baseball player. He became apart of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Robinson played a makor part in overcoming racism in sports. Jackie Robinson played in 6 World Series and helped the Dodgers win the 1955 World Championship. He also recieved awards for MLB Rookie of the Year and the National League Most Valuable Player. Jackie Robinson reitired in 1956.
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    Rosa Parks became notice in 1955 because she refused to give up her seat when the bus driver told her to give it up to a white man and move to the back of the bus. She retalliated and refuesed to give up her seat to the white man. Rosa Parks helped Martin Luther King Jr with his speaches, civil rights protests, and was a leader of the NAACP. Rosa Parks received the Spingarn Metal, and many other rewards. Rosa Parks passed at the age of 92 in 2005 in her appartment in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Martin Lutherr King Jr.

    Martin Lutherr King Jr.
    Martin Luther King Jr. was a baptist minister from the south, who was a leader of many civil rights protests, starting with the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. He created the SCLC and was the president of his organization. MLK's efforts and actions helped lead to the March on Washington in 1963. It was here that he first gave his "I have a dream" speech. MLK was assassinated on March 29, 1968 in Tennessee.
  • 24th Amendment

    24th Amendment
    Before the twenty-fourth amendment states in the south would prevent African Americans from voting by requiring a poll tax. This tax would let white men vote because the usually had enough money to pay off the tax but it prevented African American men from voting because majority of them were very poor. Some states that had a poll tax at the time were Virginia, Alambama, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi. This amendment was proposed to the states in 1962 and then put into place in 1964.
  • Watts Race Riots

    Watts Race Riots
    A five day riot in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. This riot started when a 21 year old African American man was pulled over by a white cop because of suspicion about driving while intoxicated. The policeman called for back up and the African American man's mother showed up in his defense. A crowd gathered and intesified while the group of cops attempted to arrest the man. The riot resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and $40 million dollars in damage.