Civil Rights Movement Timeline Project

Birmingham Civil Rights Riots


"Separate drinking fountains for whites and blacks. "Colored balconies" in movie theaters. Seats in the back of the bus. Soldiers called out to protect little children who were trying to go to school. It may be difficult to believe these were examples of conditions in America less than 40 years ago. The struggle to change these conditions, and to win equal protection under the law for citizens of all races, formed the backdrop of Martin Luther King's short life.” (from www.Africaonline.com ).  Your task is to research the civil rights struggle in modern times  and the milestones in the Civil Rights Movement, including the people, places and events that shaped the movement.


Create a Sketch Timeline of the following years and events. The timeline should include a brief written explanation of each event and at least ten pictures. They may be hand drawn based on your imagination or photographs highlighting the events. The timeline may also be hand-drawn or computer generated. Then, choose one event from the timeline and complete a history frame on that specific topic. Use the research links at the bottom of this page to get started  

1865    Thirteenth Amendment

1868    Fourteenth Amendment

1870    Fifteenth Amendment

1896    Plessy vs Ferguson

1948    Integration of the Armed Forces

1954    Brown vs Board

1955    Emmett Till is murdered

              Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

1957    Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) founded

              Crisis at Central High School and the “ Little Rock Nine”

1960    Greensboro Sit-ins

             Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is founded

             John F. Kennedy becomes President

1961    Freedom Rides

1962    Integration of The University of Mississippi “James Meredith”

1963    MLK arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

              March on Washington DC “I Have a Dream Speech”

             16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham bombed

             John F. Kennedy assassinated and Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President

1964    Twenty Fourth Amendment “Poll Tax abolished”

              Civil Rights Act 1964 passed

               Three civil-rights workers murdered in Mississippi

1965    Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed

              Selma to Montgomery March

               Malcolm X shot to death

1966    Black Panthers are founded

1967    Stokley Carmichael coins the phrase “Black Power”

1968    MLK assassinated

              Civil Rights Act of 1968 passed

Research Links 

Civil Rights Movement Timeline: Infoplease

Timeline of the Civil Rights Movement: PBS

The Civil Rights Movement in Pictures: BBC

Al.com Everything Alabama images

A Reporters Notebook: Images of the Civil Rights Movement

Creating a Timeline in Microsoft Word

 readwritethink.org "Let's you create, print, and save your timeline"

 Teachnology  "Only lets you have 6-9 events on your timeline without a membership"

xtimeline.com "requires a free membership"

timeglider.com "requires you to sign up for a free membership"

History Frame 

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