Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Background

Born as Rosa Louise Parks in Tuskegee Alabama, February 4th, 1913, Mrs. Parks grew up as an educated women and a care taker for her brother and parents. She graduated Alabama State Teachers College High School in 1934. She went on to marry Raymond Parks who was a self educated man having knowledge in domestic affairs and current events.

Known as the "mother of the modern day civil rights movement," Mrs. Parks is widely known as the women who was arrested because she did not give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery Alabama bus Dec. 1st 1955.

Rose Parks Arrested

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.

Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • 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

Bus Integration

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.

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