Fences Historical Context

  • Jackie Robinson

    first black man to play for the MLB. Led the Dodgers to a world series title.
  • Executive Order 9981

    Executive Order 9981, ending segregation in the United States military in signed into effect by President Harry S. Truman
  • Korean War

    The start to the Korean war of 3 years.
  • Brown vs Board of Education

    Declares that racial segregation in schools is unconstitutional.
  • Emmit Till murdered

    Emmett Till was kidnapped and killed in Mississippi while visiting his great uncle. This event sparked the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks, an African American seamstress, refuses to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, prompting the boycott and NAACP protect that would lead to the declaration that bus segregation laws were unconstitutional by a federal court.
  • Desegregation

    One hundred and one congressmen from Southern states call for massive resistance to the Supreme Court ruling on desegregation
  • SCLC Estabished

    A civil rights group, lead by Martin Luther King Junior.
  • Book Written

    Play/Book based on the 50's