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Civil Rights Movement Timeline
Transcript of Civil Rights Movement Timeline
May 4th, 1961
A group of volunteer students, known as the "freedom riders", take bus trips through the south to test new laws for the segregation during the spring and summer. The group was attacked by an angry mob later on.
September 15th, 1963
A bomb explodes at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and four young girls were killed by it while in Sunday School. This Church was a popular location for civil right meetings. Riots exploded and two more black youths were killed.
Brown V. Board of Education
The Supreme Court rules on the case of
Brown v. Board of Education
agreeing that segregation is unconstitutional meaning it is not in accordance to the constitution's laws.
By Logan Marie Gassett
July 2nd, 1964
May 17th, 1954
A teenager, Emmett Till, was found dead in the Tallahatchie River after flirting with a white woman. This brings nation wide attention to the civil rights case.
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat for a white passenger which was in the "colored section" of the bus. After her arrest, the black community starts a boycott bus system.
President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This banned all discrimination against all colors, races, religion, and more.
March 7th, 1965
A march of blacks who were supporting civil rights were stopped at the Pettus Bridge. The police used whips, clubs, and tear gas against the marchers and fifty ended up hospitalized. This day is known as "Bloody Sunday."
April 4th, 1968
Martin Luther King is shot outside on a balcony of his hotel room. James Earl Ray was convicted of the crime. This leaves the country in shock.
November 22nd, 1991
President Bush signs the Civil Rights Act of 1991 after two years of debates.