Key Events During the American Civil Rights Movement

  • Plessy V Ferguson

    Plessy who was a black man refused to sit in a black railway carriage and then continued to attmept to sit in an all white carriage car. He infringed the acts of a 1980 law upholding separate but equal railroad arrangement.
    With justice John H. Ferguson presiding, Plessy was found guilty as he saw the law as a reasonable exercise showing the tradtion of the state.
  • Niagara movements

    The Niagara movement was a black civil rights group founded by William Monroe Trotter and W. E. B. Du Bois and was a call to the opposition for racial segregation
  • Race Riots and Lynching

    Located in Ohama, Nebraska and the United States. The Race Riot of 1919 brought a lot of death of hundreds of lives including 70 blacks and 10 veterans in the South.
    The riot race resulted in the death of a black worker, the death of two white men and the following attmepted hanging of Mayor Edward Parsons Smith.
  • Executive Order 8802

    The FDR sets up the Fair Employment Practices Comission to assure that there is no racial discrimination for the first time when federal hiring is taking place.
  • Jackie Robinson

    Jackie Robinson broke the colour boundry in sports when the brooklyn dodgers recruited him on first base in major league baseball
  • Brown V Board of Education

    The Brown V Board of education was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which declared state laws declaring the seperation of black and white students in schools to be unconstitutional.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    The montgomery bus boycott was a political and social issue which protested against racial segragation on public transit system in Alabama.
    It started when Rosa Park (an African Woman) was arrested because she refused to surrender her seat to a white person when they asked
  • Voting rights approved

    A landmark piece of federal legislation brought into law with signature by President Lyndon B. Johnson which prohibit any racial discrimination in voting
  • Watts Riot

    The Watts Riot that took place in the Watts neighbourhood in Los Angeles was a racially-fuelled riot that lasted 6 days, causing 40 million dollars in property damage. Including over 3000 arrests, 1000 injuries and 34 deaths in the black community
  • King Assassinated

    While he was supporting the sanitation workers strike which was marred by violence, King was shot by James Earl Ray which then sparked riots in more than 125 cities