"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.
Complete these steps as directed by your teacher to create an annotated timeline online.
1. Open the Interactive Timeline Maker web site. Use the Edit, Help, and Print tabs to access directions.
2. Create a project title and choose Date as the unit of measure.
3. Complete a timeline with dates, short titles for events, and detailed descriptions for ten (10) significant points in the Civil Rights Movement (1865–1968). Print the finished product, or share it with your teacher online.
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
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