Montgomery Bus Boycott
After Rosa Parks arrest people started a boycott of the cities bus lines. This boycott spread throughout Alabama and lasted 381 days.
- First event to rise against segregation in the United States
- Dec. 5th the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) elected Martin Luther King Jr. as the leader of this movement
- Wanted the ability to sit wherever there was a spot open
- Leaders were organizing carpools to help African Americans get around the city
- African American taxi drivers lowered their fee to 10 cents which was the same fee as riding the bus
- NAACP sued the city of Montgomery for approval to desegregate the busing system
June 5, 1956 Montgomery federal court recognized that segregating buses violated the 14th amendment of the United States Constitution. Although this declared buses in Montgomery Alabama desegregated, the world was still very much segregated and the violence of the civil rights movement began.