The best source of information for your timeline is Newspapers.com. This database will allow you to search the local Danville newspaper - Advocate Messenger - for information. Here is a link to Newspapers.com
And here is a video that demonstrates the basics of using Newspapers.com for this project:
When searching the Advocate-Messenger, some useful search terms to try include:
|7th street (1960's)
|2nd street (late 1960's and 1970's)
|Historic Area Renewal Project
|Second Street Project
You might also try searching for the names of major streets and buildings that were involved in the urban renewal including:
|Buildings / Locations
|Smoky Bottom section of Lexington Ave.
|South First Street
|Main and Walnut Street
|Ayres Silversmith House
|Tibbs pool room
Or you might search for the names of people known to speak out on this issue, including: Mr. Walter T. Edelen (7th St. renewal), Mr. Dallas Jones, Mr. Oscar Butler, Mr. Bill Zachman, Mr. Larry Boos, Mr. Zano Vannoni, Dr. Pedro Krompecher, and Mr. Guy Best.
You might also search for the names of major agencies involved in urban renewal including: Urban Renewal and Community Development Agency (URCDA), Beautification Committee, Retail Merchants Division of the Chamber of Commerce, City Planning Associates and the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce,
Finally, it might be interesting to search for notices of property transfer to the Urban Renewal and Community Development Agency (URCDA).
(A note on historical language usage: Remember that when reading/searching historical documents from before and during the Civil Rights Movement, it is common to see, and therefore search for, the term "Negro" rather than "Black" or "African-American." )