Throughout the history of the United States, African Americans have faced a number of obstacles to achieving equality. Many of these obstacles were a result of slavery and the segregationist policies that arose in many places after the Civil War. The struggle for equality was a long one, which was waged in many places throughout the country and by many different individuals.

In this timeline, you will explore the events that were part of the Civil Rights Movement. Along the way, you will learn about the individuals who led this struggle and the tactics that they used.

As you proceed through this timeline, keep the following questions in mind:

  • What are some of the historical, social, and legal factors that made it difficult for African Americans to achieve equal treatment in the United States?
  • What tactics were used to try to bring about an end to segregation and discrimination?
  • What changes in society as a whole were necessary in order for these changes to occur?