• School Segregation Outlawed

    School Segregation Outlawed
    The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. The court argued that segregation hurt both black and white students by false feelings of eachother. The court added that the damage segregation did to blacks was ,likely never to be undone. This ruling opened the floodgates of civil rights.
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    Civil Rights Timeline

  • Death of Rev.Lee

    Death of Rev.Lee
    On the morning of May 7, 1955, while tending his grocery store George Lee was visited by two white men. His wife overheard pieces of the conversation and knew that Rev. Lee was being warned to stop registering blacks in Humphreys County to vote and to remove his own name from the voting rolls. Driving down a street not far from his home, a shotgun blasted through the car and killed him.
  • Enforces School Desegregation

    Enforces School Desegregation
    On September 24, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered units of U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division to escort nine Black students, nicknamed the "Little Rock Nine," into the previously all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Weeks before ,the students were refused entry by the National Guard and mobs of segregationists gathered to block the doors, shouting mean things and death threats.
  • Death Of Mack Parker

    Death Of Mack Parker
    Mack Charles Parker, 23 year old, was accused of raping a white woman. Three days before his case was set for trial. A masked mob took him from his jail cell, beat him, shot him and threw him in the Pearl River.
  • Freedom Riders's Bus Bombed

    Freedom Riders's Bus Bombed Freedom Riders
    A Freedom Riders bus was bombed near Anniston, Alabama and the civil rights protestors were beaten by an angry mob. Sixteen members of the Congress of Racial Equality had divided their group at Atlanta. With nine riding on a Greyhound bus and seven others on a Trailways bus. Six miles beyond Anniston, a tire on the Greyhound bus was flattened.
  • Voter Registration Drive

    Voter Registration Drive
    April 1, 1962. Civil Rights groups join forces to launch voter registration drive. September 30, 1962. Riots erupt when James Meredith a black student enrolls .
  • Bomb Killing 4 Children

    Bomb Killing 4 Children
    September 15, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama , Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley were getting ready for church services when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Killing all four of the girls. The church had been a center for civil rights meetings and marches.
  • Civil Rights Act Signed

    Civil Rights Act Signed
    On July 2, 1964, only hours after passage of the bill on live television President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, at the White House. It helped guarantee Negroes the right to vote, to outlaw racial segregation in public places, to make the federal government desegregate public places and schools
  • Bloody Sunday

    Bloody Sunday
    On Sunday March 7, 1965, about six hundred people began a fifty-four mile march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery. They were demonstrating for African American voting rights.This was Called the Bloody Sunday .
  • Voting Rights Act Passed

    Voting Rights Act Passed
    The bill passed the Senate on May 26, 1965 by a vote. After five weeks of debate it was finally passed on July 9, 1965. Congress passed Voting Rights Act of 1965