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The Bus Boycott Movement

  • Date Submitted: 12/12/2011 06:00 PM
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In 1955, Rosa Parks was an African American living in Montgomery, Alabama.   In this town, they had laws that strictly segregated blacks and whites. In December 1955, after her day at work at a local department store, Mrs. Parks boarded a city bus. When she refused to give up her seat to a white man, the bus driver called police, and Mrs. Parks was arrested and fined.
Her act of defiance was what started the bus boycott movement, Lead by Martin Luther King Jr. The driver of this particular incidence with Rosa parks ordered three black people to move, the others quietly moved but she quietly refused. He threatened to call the police and she pretty much said to go for it and so he called, they asked the driver if he wanted give out a warrant or give a warning, go figure what he chose? A warrant! She was taken to the police station and put in jail. She was allowed one call and with that she called E.D Nixon, who was an important member of Montgomery’s NAACP chapter.
Nixon was outraged and called a liberal white lawyer, Clifford Durr, who had agreed to represent Mrs. Parks. After all this happened word started spreading quickly at what happened to Rosa. And several Influential black leaders decided that the time was now to try a boycott of the public transportation system. Martin Luther King Jr. made 7,000 copies of letters addressing people to refuse to take the bus and if you work, take a cab, or share a ride, or walk.
On Tuesday December 6th Rosa was found guilty of failure to comply with a city ordinance and fined $14, which back in the day was a lot. Parks and her family received numerous threats and constant telephone harassment, the strain of it all actually caused her mother to suffer from a nervous breakdown. In 1957 she and her mother moved to Detroit, Michigan. But there was a good part to her defiance for justice, a great number of universities awarded her honorary degrees, she was sought out repeatedly to be a dignified spokesperson for the civil rights...


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