This is a list of landmark legislation, court decisions, executive orders, and proclamations in the United States significantly affecting African Americans.

Congressional Legislation

Bills not passed

Bills signed into law

U.S. Constitution

See also: Constitution of the United States

Constitutional Clauses

Ratified Amendments

Unratified or Proposed Amendments

Federal court decisions

See also: Supreme Court of the United States


Executive Orders and Proclamations

See also: Executive order (United States)

Federal bureaucracy

Important Organizations and Individuals

See also


  1. ^ "Equal Employment Opportunity Act Law and Legal Definition | USLegal, Inc". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  2. ^ "Summary of H.R. 5689 (97th): Civil Rights Act of 1982". Retrieved 2020-07-16.