Civil Rights Timeline

  • Sweatt v. Painter

    Sweatt v. Painter
    A court case that successfully challenged the doctrine of racial segregation in schools, libraries, public places, etc.
  • Keys v. Carolina Coach

    Keys v. Carolina Coach
    Sarah Keys Evans refused to give up her seat on a state-to-state charter bus, causing the landmark court case.
  • Emmett Till’s Murder

    Emmett Till’s Murder
    In 1955, two people from Mississippi bludgeon (hit with a heavy object repeatedly) and kill a 14 year old named Emmett Till, This all happened because Till whistled at a white woman.
  • Little Rock Nine Crisis

    Little Rock Nine Crisis
    the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas.
  • Cooper v. Aaron

    Cooper v. Aaron
    A landmark decision of the supreme court, which denied the school board the right to delay racial desegregation for 30 months.
  • Freedom Rides

    Freedom Rides
    Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated Southern United States in 1961
  • Birmingham Movement

    Birmingham Movement
    The Birmingham campaign, also known as the Birmingham movement or Birmingham confrontation, was an American movement organized in early 1963 by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to bring attention to the integration efforts of African Americans in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Fair Housing Act

    Fair Housing Act
    The Fair Housing act helped fight against housing discrimination, so that whenever someone purchased, rented, or used a house in any way, they would be treated equally, whether black, white, Asian, or any other race.
  • Hank Aaron’s Home Run Record

    Hank Aaron’s Home Run Record
    On April 8, 1974, Atlanta Braves star Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing to break the revered record held by Babe Ruth