The Civil Rights Movement

  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    The supreme court decision upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under the ¨separate-but-equal¨ doctrine. This case started from which an African-American homer Plessy refused to sit in a car for black people
  • The Tuskegee Airmen

    The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American that successfully complete training and enter the army air corps. They showed the civil rights movement that they are dedicate to helping their country.
  • Integration of the MLB

    Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field. This Major League Baseball team signaled the end of segregation in major league baseball.
  • Integration of Armed Forces

    On July 26,1948 President Truman signed an executive order called ¨Executive Order 9981¨"and banned segregation from armed forces. This repudiated 170 years of officially sanctioned discrimination.
  • Sweatt v. Painter

    The supreme court ruled that in the state where public graduate and professional schools existed for white students and not \for black must be admitted to institution.
  • Brown v. Broad of Education

    By holding that the ¨separate but equal¨ doctrine was unconstitutional for american educational facilities and public schools and overturned Plessy v. Ferguson.
  • Death of Emmitt Till

    Emmett Louis Till was a 14-year-old African American boy who was abducted, tortured, and lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    The Montgomery bus boycott was a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama.
  • The Integration of Little Rock High School

    Governor Orval Faubus mobilized the Arkansas National Guard in an effort to prevent nine African American students from integrating the high school.
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1957

    The first civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. The new act established the Civil Rights Section of the Justice Department and empowered federal prosecutors to obtain court injunctions against interference with the right to vote.
  • The Greensboro Four Lunch Counter Sit-In

    Four African-American teenagers sat at a white booth during lunch. They refused to move and started a movement for equal rights.
  • The Freedom Rides by Freedom Riders of 1961

    Freedom Riders were groups of white and African American civil rights activists who participated in Freedom Rides, bus trips through the American South in 1961 to protest segregated bus terminals.
  • The Twenty-Fourth Amendment

    The 24th amendment banned poll taxes
  • The Intergration of the University of Alabama

    President John F. Kennedy federalized National Guard troops and deployed them to the University of Alabama to force its desegregation. The next day, Governor Wallace yielded to the federal pressure, and two African American students.
  • The March on Washington and the "I Have A Dream" Speech

    250,000 people marched to Washington D.C. Here Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.
  • The Assassination of John F. Kennedy In Dallas, Texas

    John F. Kennedy was in his car during a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza when he was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964

    This act made in unconstitutional to not hire someone based on their race or religion.
  • The Assassination of Malcom X

    Malcolm X was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a prominent figure during the civil rights movement.
  • The Selma to Montgomery March

    Hundreds of people gathered in Selma, Alabama to march to the capital city of Montgomery. They marched to ensure that African Americans could exercise their constitutional right to vote.
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965

    This act made it illegal to make colored people take literacy test before voting.
  • The Assassination of Martin Luther King

    MLK was assassinated at a motel on April 4, 1968 by James Earl Ray
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1968

    The 1968 act expanded on previous acts and prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, and since 1974, sex. Since 1988, the act protects people with disabilities and families with children.