National timeline since 1865

1890s- Ida B. Wells is thrown out of Rust College


The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Her Passion

How Ida B. Wells Became a Trailblazing Journalist

1909 – NAACP & NUL founded

NCAAP: Oldest and Boldest

NCAAP: Facts and Summary


NUL Mission and History


NUL: Celebrating 100 years

Jim Crow Stories

1920s- Students protests at Fisk, Howard, Tuskegee, etc.

Fisk: Jim Crow Stories

Early Black Student Protest and Fisk University

“God Speed the Breed”: New Negro in the Long Black Student Movement

Howard: The Black Past

1925 – Harvard Dormitory crisis

1929 – Charles Hamilton Houston joints Howard law faculty

1940-1941 – NYU students protest agreements between schools that purposely left out star athletes of color in interscholastic sports competitions.

1942 – CORE founded (Congress of Racial Equality)

1954 – Brown v Board of Education decision

1960 – Greensboro Sit-Ins (Greensboro, North Carolina)

1957 – SCLC founded (Southern Christian Leadership Conference)

1960- SNCC founded (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee)

1961 – Freedom Rides

September 30, 1962 – Riots at Ole Miss, protesting the arrival of James Meredith

1963 – Bombing in Birmingham; MOWM

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.

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.

October 14, 1968 – the black students at UC Santa Barbara lock themselves inside a main building to demand the institutionalized solutions to racism on campus. 

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 an Africana Studies department

1970s: Kent State;

1970s-1990s – Anti-apartheid protests

1992 – LA Riots


2011: “One Mizzou” initiative begun by MU chancellor Brady Denton

2012: Trayvon Martin

June 1: UCLA students occupy the admissions office, attempting to force the reconsideration of applicants of color and to further diversify the incoming cohort


November 6: UCLA students stage an in-class sit-in to protest mistreatment of students of color

November 14: UCLA students release a video protesting the size of the incoming black student cohort and asking the university for more robust Affirmative Action measures

October 6, 2015: “Kanye West” theme party sparks student protests

Fall of 2015 – nationwide student protests across campuses result in dozens of lists of demands.

2015-2016: Universtiy of Mississippi Protests , The Man Behind the Hunger Strike

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.

January 19, 2016 – blacks students protest the preventable shooting of Sam Dubois  by university police.

September 2016 – students in North Carolina stage die-ins and black-outs after shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

November 18, 2016 – national high school walk out to protest incoming Trump administration

April 26, 2017 – high school students in Kansas hold a rally to support the black students who received death threats

May 2017 – black students at UC Santa Cruz hold 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”

May 2017 – Black students at Evergreen State College protest campus police attacks on black students, especially black trans students.

July 13, 2017 – students at UC Merced and UC Santa Barbara protest the unjust arrest of a black college student and four friends.