ABE Lab

Springfield Adult Learning Center

Civil Rights Movement

1. The Civil Rights Movement: Major Events

A brief introduction to some of the major events of the Civil Rights movement.

The Civil Rights Movement: Major Events

2. Brown v. Board of Education

Read about the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, which challenged the lawfulness of racial segregation in public schools.

Brown v. Board of Education

3. The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Read about how the 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott

4. The Little Rock Nine

Read about the Little Rock Nine and the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.

The Little Rock Nine

5. The Sit-In Movement

Read about how "sit-ins" were used as a nonviolent strategy to gain awareness about civil rights issues.

The Sit-In Movement

6. Martin Luther King Jr.

Read about one of the most recognizable advocates of nonviolent action in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

7. Malcolm X

Read about Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam.

Malcolm X

8. Black Power

Read about the Black Power Movement and then answer the multiple choice questions located below the text.

Black Power

9. Civil Rights Act of 1964

Watch a video and then read an article about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

10. Voting Rights Act of 1965

Read an article about the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Voting Rights Act of 1965

11. Interactive Civil Rights Timeline

Explore this interactive timeline of important events that affected the struggle for obtaining civil rights.

The timeline begins when the first slaves were brought to the New World from Africa in 1502 and ends in the year 2000.

Click on a specific date to view the events that took place. Click "next" to view the next event on the timeline.

Interactive Civil Rights Timeline