-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends
Kidzworld Logo

Civil Rights Movement Timeline

Jan 09, 2016

Long before Martin Luther King Jr. walked onto the civil rights stage, many important events took place in the civil rights movement for equality and peace. Many civil rights leaders went before Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech and many came after. Here are some of the important dates and events that took place over the past few hundred years that made America the country it is today.

July 2nd,1777

March 3rd, 1820

  • The Missouri Compromise is enacted; slavery is banned everywhere north of Missouri, but is still legal in the southern United States.

September 17th, 1849

  • Harriet Tubman escapes slavery in Maryland and spends the next several years helping more than 300 people escape to free territory by way of the Underground Railroad.

April 12th, 1861

  • The Civil War begins.

American Civil WarAmerican Civil War

July 17th, 1862

  • Congress gives President Abraham Lincoln the green light to allow black people to join the military.

January 31st, 1865

  • The Thirteenth Amendment is passed and slavery is officially abolished from the United States.

April 15th, 1865

June 13th, 1868

  • Ex-slave Oscar Dunn becomes Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana.

July 28th, 1868

  • The Fourteenth Amendment is passed giving black citizens in America full citizenship.

March 30th, 1870

  • The right to vote is granted to all American males (other than Native Americans), regardless of race, color or previous condition of servitude (so even men who had previously been slaves could now vote).

March 1st, 1875

  • Civil Rights Act is passed giving all black citizens the right to equal treatment in public and on any public transportation.

November 26th, 1883

  • US Supreme Court declares the Civil Rights Act to be unconstitutional because laws covered by the Civil Rights Act should be left up to individual states, not the federal government. Individual states now again allowed to discriminate in any way they want against black citizens.

1917

  • In the same year that the United States enters World War I, anti-black riots are held in St. Louis, Illinois and more than 100 black citizens are either killed or injured. More than 10,000 black New Yorkers hold the Silent Parade to protest the violence.

December 8th, 1936

  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sues the government to make them pay black and white teachers equal salaries.

June 3rd, 1946

  • US Supreme Court bans segregation of black and white people on public transit.

Civil Rights - December 1st, 1955

  • Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, AL. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a boycott of Montgomery buses that lasts over a year.

September 24th, 1957

  • Nine black students integrate with white students at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. President Dwight Eisenhower sends the paratroopers in to ward off any violence.

August 28th, 1963

  • More than 250,000 civil rights demonstrators march on Washington, DC, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have A Dream" speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his I Have A Dream speechMartin Luther King Jr. delivering his I Have A Dream speech

1964

April 4th, 1968

  • Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, TN, where had gone to give a speech to striking garbage workers.

1978

  • Unita Blackwell, founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, becomes the first black woman mayor in the history of Mississippi in the city of Mayersville. She had once been denied the right to vote there.

1983

  • Vanessa Williams is crowned the first African American Miss America.

January 15th, 1986

1999

  • NAACP launches a campaign against TV networks to increase number of minorities in shows.

2000

  • Colin Powell becomes the first black US Secretary of State.

March 24th, 2002

  • Halle Berry becomes first African American woman to win an Oscar for best actress.

January 20th, 2009

  • Barack Obama becomes first African American president of the United States.

President Obama being sworn in for his first term in 2009President Obama being sworn in for his first term in 2009Courtesy of Douliery/Hann/ABACAUSA.COM
Have Your Say

Have you studied the Civil Rights Movement in school? What was the most interesting thing you learned? Let us know in the comments section below!

Related Stories

 

23 Comments

Related Stories

Micro_martin luther king-micro
Martin Luther King Jr. played a key role in the African American Civil Rights movement. Find out ...
Micro_ruby-bridges-micro
Ruby Bridges is famous for doing something most of us take for granted today: going to elementary...
Micro_obama_micro
Ever wonder what President Obama and his family eat? Who works at the White House? What the presi...
Micro_black_micro
February is Black History Month so Kidzworld's Sports Zone is saluting some of America's greatest...
Micro_civil-rights-2-micro
Long before Martin Luther King Jr. walked onto the civil rights stage, many important events took...
Micro_feb_micro
Check out the cool holidays you should be celebrating during February. Not only is Valentine's Da...
Micro_martin-luther-king-jr-micro
The third Monday in January is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. Do you know why this man is s...
Martin-luther-king-poll

Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?

  • James Earl Ray.
  • Earl Ray Jones.
  • Jimmy Ray Peters.
  • John Edward Jones.

Random In The Forums

wicked13
wicked13 posted in General:
Okay, So I Just Need Like A Best Friend Who Will Leave Me Little Cute Messages && Be MY Best Friend && Not "Best Friends" With Everyone. I'll Be Your Best Friend Too.  Someone I Can Talk To && Connect With.  Have Actual Conversations && Not Short Answers Or Replies. Someone Who Will Put Me In Check When I Have An Attitude. Someone Who Will Just Be There For Me No Matter What.  MY Best Friend. ~ Applications Are Being Accepted c:
reply 14 minutes
Unrung
Unrung posted in Debating:
"Jolly-Rancher206" wrote: I'mma just slide in here... Maybe you clarified this on another page, page but AlphaT do you believe it's possible the flood really did happen but could've been local? Unrung, do you think there's any merit to the flood being local? And also Alpha, does that mean you don't think Noah actually existed?  Another question I want to pose to both of you, and anyone else, is what do you think the moral of the story is? And is the power of that moral diminished if the flood isn't historically accurate? -Just wanna throw this out there, my response to Alpha is going to take a while. My opening statement was indeed 3 pages long in Microsoft Word, but my friend's is a whopping 9 pages. I don't really have the time at the moment, but I'll be getting around to it as soon as I can.- But I can answer your question. :) What I gather from the text, Jolly, is the idea of the whole earth being subject to judgment, and this point is repeated throughout the story. Chapter 6:11-13 stresses the notion. "Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, 'I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.'" There is no way of getting around this, the story clearly indicated that God meant to destroy all life on the face of the earth. What would be the point of a localized flood anyway? God said all life was corrupted, so how was purging this one little region somewhere in the Middle East going to cleanse the entire earth? Why would Noah even have to make an ark, why not just take a hike out of the area where God was going to bring the tiny flood? Creationists typically believe that the ark was built over a period of roughly 60 years. This would have been ample time for Noah and his family to just get out of dodge and settle down somewhere else! So you have to either take the story at face value, or you have to reject it altogether. And I would point out that Noah and his son Shem are found in the Messianic lineage, as we read in Luke 3:36. So if you believe the lineage of Christ to be accurate, then you have to accept that Noah was a real man who really walked the earth. This evidence might not persuade an atheist of the flood, but I think it ought to mean something to the Christian. Not to mention, both Jesus and his disciples refer to Noah's flood in the New Testament. You also asked what I think the moral of the story is. I think it attests to God's righteousness, that he punished the wicked for turning their back on Him and doing evil all the time, it attests to God's mercy and love, that he spared the righteous from destruction, even if it was only one family, and it attests to God's reliability, as He never fails to meet His promises.
reply 23 minutes
Fairyprincess9
Hi I am 9 in New Zealand i am new at intenet stuff it says i am 15 on  my profile but i have asked them to fix it. i play soccer i like scary movies an cartoons i have playstation an i jus got my grandads old computer for me 
reply 33 minutes
9bella
9bella posted in General:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
reply about 1 hour
Sophieeee
Sophieeee posted in General:
Jasmine
reply about 1 hour