MTHS Civil Rights Timeline by Martinez C

  • Emmett Till

    Emmett Till
    Emmett Till was a 14 year old boy who had gotten beaten to death on August 21, 1955. He said "bye baby" to a white female while he was leaving a store. Later on white men came and took him away. He was found in a river four days later dead.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    Back then busses, among many other things, were segregated so blacks sat in the back and had to give up their seats to whites. One time Rosa Parks didn't give up her seat so she got arrested. they then boycotted the buses and 11 months later the supreme court stated it unconstitutional
  • Little Rock

    Little Rock
    , Arkansas started integration, but it was a tough process. The Little Rock Nine, a group of 9 black students, faced many troubles with their efforts in trying to go to an all white school. It got to the point where the US army escorted them to and from school.
  • Sit-ins

    Sit-ins Black college students revolted against the whites only food counters. They would sit at the counters in protest to the segregation. When the group would get arrested, another group of black students would sit down in their place.
  • Albany Movement

    Albany Movement
    The Albany Movement was led by Martin Luther King Jr. to wear down the intense segregation in Albany. MLK was put into jail while leading a march and encouraged everyone to join him in protest until the segregation was over. He was later freed from jail because they belived he would do more damage in jail then out.
  • "Bull" Connor

    "Bull" Connor
    Birmingham Eugene "Bull" Connor was the police chief at the time of the Birmingham campaign. He completely supported segregation and stopped marches. His most memorable stop was when he brought out police dogs at a peaceful children student protest.
  • The March on Washington

    The March on Washington
    I Have a Dream took place on August 28, 1963. It was the largest civil rights demonstration ever and many people were there. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the last speech of the day and it became the well known speech today, the "I Have a Dream" speech.
  • Freedom Summer

    Freedom Summer
    Freedom Summer The Freedom Summer was a time when college students went out and tried to get black people to register as voters. Some people in the south did not like this. One day 3 of the workers went missing, 2 white and 1 black. They were later found dead burried together.
  • The Civil Rights Act

    The Civil Rights Act
    banned discrimination in employement and public accommodations. Many southern congressmen did not approve of it and tried to cancel it. They, however, did not stop President Lyndon B. Johnson from signing it on July 2, 1964.
  • Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Act
    was an act passed by congress to help out black voters. It did many things like, suspend literacy tests, authorized federal supervision of voter registration, and allowed federal supervision of voter registration. Many famous activists attended the ceremony like, MLK, Rosa Parks, and James Farmer.