Mile Markers for the civil rights act in the 1940's
- June 25, 1941 Franklin Roosevelt passed executive order 8802, which prohibited employers from discriminating based on race, creed, color or national origin.
- In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American performer to win an Academy Award (the film industry`s highest honor) for her portrayal of a loyal slave governess in Gone With the Wind.
- 1942 Committee of Racial Equality, later renamed Congress of Racial Equality, is founded.
- In 1944 U.S. Supreme Court decides, in Smith v. Allwright, that exclusion of African-Americans from voting in the Texas Democratic primary violates the Fifteenth Amendment.
- In 1947 Jackie Robinson plays his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, becoming the first African American player in major league baseball since the 1880s.
- July 26, 1948, Truman issued the executive order 9981, which established equal treatment and equal opportunity in the military.
- In 1949 Administration proposes legislation to make lynching a federal crime, abolish poll taxes in national elections, and end segregation in interstate transportation, but none of the bills are brought to a vote in the Senate.