National timeline since 1865

1890

 

1890s 

Ida B. Wells is thrown out of Rust College 

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1909

 

1920

 

1909

NAACP & NUL Founded 

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1920s 

Students protest at Fisk, Howard, Tuskegee, etc. 

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1925

1925

Harvard Dormitory Crisis 

 

1929

1929

Charles Hamilton Houston joints Howard Law Faculty. 

 

1940

1940-1941

NYU students protest agreements between schools that purposely left out star athletes of color in interscholastic sports competitions. 

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1942

1942

CORE founded. 

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1954

1954

Brown v Board of Education decision. 

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1957

1957

SCLC Founded 

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1960

1960

Greensboro Sit-ins. 

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1960

SNCC Founded. 

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1961

1961

Freedom Rides 

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1962

September 30, 1962

Riots at Ol e Miss Protesting the arrival of James Meredith. 

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1963

1963

Bombings in Birmingham, MOWM.

 

1964

Conditions Before the Freedom Summer

 

Black Mississippians were not allowed to vote or run for public office in the state’s political system. There were no delegates within the all-white Democratic Party which could politically represent the large and outspoken Black community on a state or national level, furthermore, the segregated schooling systems, housing, public works, as well as job opportunities worked to block Black Mississippians from claiming political and economic power.

 

March 30, 1964

 

Efforts to integrate Mississippi's political system were orchestrated by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and volunteers--mostly young college students from all over the country--were gathered to run the “Mississippi Summer Project”. These efforts were immediately responded to by Mississippi legislators by the furthering of the restrictive and oppressive legislation; such as banning leaflets and expanding the police force.

April 26, 1964

The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party is established and marked the beginning of the initiatives that encouraged mass voter registration efforts.

June 29, 1964

500 (later up to 1,500) volunteers set up in 25 locations all over the state, initiating the Freedom Summer.

July 2, 1964

Freedom School open to educate the public on politics and the political process.

August 4, 1964

Following hundreds of harassments, the bodies of organizers and activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were found. These three young men were released by the police to the Ku Klux Klan who tortured and killed them. These deaths are known as the Freedom Summer murders.

August 6, 1964

Delegates are elected to represent the MFDP in the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in hopes to remove the control of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

1965

Of the 17,000 Black residents that registered to vote in the summer, only 1,600 applications were accepted by the Mississippi registrars. Organised calls for change in the Freedom Summer of 1964 pushed forward the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

1965

 
 

End Of 1966

More than half of African-Americans were registered to vote in the U.S’ southern states.

1966

 

1967

1967

H. Rap Brown replaces Stokely Carmichael as the head of SNCC, embraces violence as a condition of liberation, and renames the organization the Student National Coordinating Committee. 

1968

February 8, 1968

The Orangeburg Massacre: two South Carolina State students and one local high school student are killed during protests aimed at the desegregation of the All-Star Bowling Lane. 

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February 8, 1968

The Orangeburg Massacre: two South Carolina State students and one local high school student are killed during protests aimed at the desegregation of the All-Star Bowling Lane. 

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February 8, 1968

The Orangeburg Massacre: two South Carolina State students and one local high school student are killed during protests aimed at the desegregation of the All-Star Bowling Lane. 

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October 14, 1968

The black students at UC Santa Barbra lock themselves inside a main building to demand institutionalized solutions to racism on campus. 

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October 14, 1968

The black students at UC Santa Barbra lock themselves inside a main building to demand institutionalized solutions to racism on campus. 

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October 14, 1968

The black students at UC Santa Barbra lock themselves inside a main building to demand institutionalized solutions to racism on campus. 

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1969

1969

SNCC changes its name from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee to the Student National Coordinating Committee

1969

SNCC changes its name from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee to the Student National Coordinating Committee

1969

SNCC changes its name from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee to the Student National Coordinating Committee

Fall, 1969

34 Students takeover the main building at Vassar to argue for a Africana Studies department. 

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1970

1970s 

Kent State 

1970s-1990s

Anti-apartide Prostests. 

 

1992

1992

La Riots 

 

2011

2011

"One Mizzou" initiative begun by MU chancellor Brandy Denton. 

 

2012

2012

Trayvon Martin 

June 1, 2012

UCLA students occupy the admissions office, attempting to force the reconsideration of applicants of color and the further diversify the incoming cohort. 

 
 

2013

2015

November 6, 2013

UCLA students stage an in-class sit-in to protest the mistreatment of student of color 

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November 14, 2013

UCLA students release a video protesting the size of the incoming black student cohort and asking the university for more robust Affirmative Action measures. 

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Fall , 2015

Nationwide student protests across campuses result in dozens of lists of demands. 

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October 6, 2015

"Kanye West" theme party sparks student protest.

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2016

2017

2015-2016

University of Mississippi protests.

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January 14, 2016

President of Ithaca College resigns after students protest his "insufficient response to racist incidents on campus" through die-ins and campus rallies.

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January 19, 2016

Black students protest the preventable shooting of Sam Dubois by university police. 

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September, 2016

Students in North Carolina stage die-ins and black-outs after shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. 

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November 18, 2016

National high school walkout to protest incoming Trump administration.  

2017

University of California, Berkley  has "free speech" protests escalating to the cancelation of Milo Yiannopoulos scheduled talk. Yiannopoulos's talks were canceled after similar protests in University of Washington and UC Davis. 

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2018

2019

 

April 26, 2017

High school students in Kansas hold a rally to support the black students who received death threats. 

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May, 2017

Students at UC Santa Cruz hold a three day protest to demonstrate the way the university ignored the needs of black students to have the option for guaranteed housing in the "Rosa Parks African American Themed House" 

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May, 2017

Black students at Evergreen Sate College ​protest campus police attacks on black students, especially black trans students. 

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July 13, 2017

Students at UC Merced and UC Santa Barbara protest the unjust arrest of a black college student and four friends. 

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November 2018

Williams College adopts a "Chicago statement" encouraging "free speech" above all other obligations to debate. Student protests follow. 

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November 2018

Ongoing UNC protests over "Silent Sam"-- a confederate statue on campus-- heighten with the arrest of protester Maya Little.  

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January 2019

Yale professors Kai Green and Kimberly Love cancel their classes leading into the spring semester going on medical leave because, as they phrased it, the college to not a “safe place” for them.

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February 2019

More than 200 students and faculty participate in a “March for the Damned” to support Yale professors Green and Love. 

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April 2019

Protests ensue after the "Nazi TA"  is exposed at University of Alabama, Birmingham. 

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April 18, 2019

Two unarmed people of color are shot by Yale campus police and student protests erupt in response.

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