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African American History
Timeline/Quiz of African American History
1527-1539 Estevanico explores the Southwestern US
1619 The first African slaves are brought to Virginia
1808 The US bans the import of slaves
1820 Harriet Tubman born
1857 Dred Scott Supreme Court decision - slaves do not have the right to bring a case to court and cannot be citizens
1861 Abraham Lincoln becomes President of the US; Civil War starts
1863 Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation
1865 Civil War ends; Lincoln is assassinated; 13th amendment to Constitution abolishes slavery
1868 14th amendment to Constitution grants citizenship to former slaves
1870 15th amendment to Constitution prohibits states from denying the right to vote because of race
1909 Peary and Henson reach the North Pole
1929 Martin Luther King, Jr. born on January 15, in Atlanta, Georgia
1936 Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals at the Olympics in Berlin, Germany
1947 Jackie Robinson is the first black man to play major league baseball
1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat up on a bus in Alabama; Supreme Court orders schools to desegregate with "deliberate speed"
1963 Dr. King gives "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1964 The Civil Rights Acts prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, or gender; Dr. King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1967 Thurgood Marshall appointed to the Supreme Court
1968 Dr. King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
1969 The Supreme Court orders schools to desegregrate
1986 Martin Luther King Jr. Day is declared a national holiday in the U.S.

Answer the yes or no questions. Color in the correct circle. YES NO
1. Did the Civil War start the same year that Lincoln became President?
2. Did the Civil War end in 1865?
3. Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born in 1911?
4. Was Jackie Robinson the first black man to play major league baseball?
5. Did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her seat on a bus in Washington, D.C.?
6. Did Dr. King give his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1863?
7. Was Thurgood Marshall appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967?

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