Civil Rights Timeline
Felix Thor

Brown V. Board of Education- 1954

a. The Supreme Court ruled that segregation in schools is unconstitutional.

b. Oiver L. Brown, Board Of Education Of Topeka, Kansas

c. This court case desegregated schools everywhere. That means there was no more all white schools and all black schools. People of all races went to the same school.

Murder Of 3 Civil Rights Workers- 1964

a. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael "Mickey" Schwerner were murdered by the KKK.

b. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Key

c. This event made more people join the civil rights movement. It also brought people closer together.

Boycott Of Segregated Bus  Services- 1954-1956

a. Blacks refused to ride city buses in Montgomery, Alabama to protest the segregated bus system.

b. Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr.

c. The buses were desegregated and blacks could sit where ever they wanted on the bus.

Integration Of Central High School- 1957

a. Nine black students enrolled in an all white school because the supreme court ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

b. Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Patillo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, Carlotta Walls.

c. This event helped integrate black people into the all white education system

First Lunch-Counter Sit-In- 1960

a. Four black college students sat in the lunch counter in the Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina.

b. Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr, David Richmond

c. This event is important because it became famous everywhere and helped desegregat lunch counters and other public places

Integration Of The University Of Mississippi- 1962

a.  A lawsuit was filed against The University Of Mississippi for racial discrimination.

b. James Meredith

c. This event helped integrate blacks into colleges and universities

Murder of NAACP Leader Medgar Evers- 1963

a. Medgar Evers was assassinated after a meeting with some NAACP lawyers.

b. Medgar Evers


Campaign To Desegregate City; Four Girls Killed In Bombing Of Church-1963

a. The KKK planted fifteen sticks of dynamite underneath the front steps to the 16th Street Baptist Church and killed four girls.

b. Addie May Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Carol Denise McNair

c. This event opened the eyes of some people

March On Washington; "I Have A Dream" Speech By Martin Luther King Jr.- 1963

a. Martin Luther King delivers a speech that talks about his dream that one day there will be no more racism.

b. Martin Luther King Jr.

c. This was a moving speech that changed the minds of many people.

March For Voting Rights In Montgomery- 1965

a. A march from Selma to Montgomery to protest their voting rights.

b. Martin Luther King Jr, Jimmie Lee Jackson

c. The Voting Rights Act was passed and signed because of this event.

Murder Of Martin Luther King Jr- 1968

a. Martin Luther King Jr was murdered at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee

b. Martin Luther King Jr, James Earl Ray

c. One of the biggest civil rights leaders was killed.

Black Students and Civil Rights Workers Sit In White Section Of Bus Station- 1961

a. In 1961 there were several bus sit ins by blacks and civil rights workers

b. Civil Rights Workers

c. It showed that they were fighting for what they believed in.

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