Boycotts AN option For nonViolent Resistance

Boycotts are a way to withdraw from a company, organization, or person as a nonviolent protest. Boycotts are against unjust things, for example, the Montgomery bus boycott encouraged protestors to shun the buses in means for transportation.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus. Her simple act of of nonviolent resistance began the entire Montgomery bus boycott. This boycott lasted 11 months and was city wide; no black man, women, or child would step foot on a segregated bus.

"I'm tired of being treated like a second class citizen" (Parks).

It was May 1951. Lillie May Bradford was 23 when she decided she had enough of the unfairness of the city buses. "We were never allowed to talk to the bus driver" (Bradford). That day she decided to stand up. She said to herself that if you don't stand up today than you never will. So she asked the bus driver if she could transfer and sit towards the front of the bus. He ignored her at first, but when she actually did it he became outraged. Eventually the police were brought on the bus and they arrested Bradford.

Boycotts have historically been used to put pressure on businesses for social and political reasons. Early American colonists boycotted merchants selling British goods.

"Mrs. Rosa Parks is a fine person. And, since it had to happen, I'm happy that it happened to a person like Mrs. Parks, for nobody can doubt the boundless outreach of her integrity" (M L King, Jr. ).

The murder of Emmett Till highlighted the brutality of The Jim Crow South. His mother decided to have an open casket to show the violence of his murder. Till became a symbol of how blacks were treated at the time.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist who fought for the black community. He gave speeches, his most famous being I have a dream, and ran boycotts. He was a major part in the civil rights movement. Up until his murder in 1968 he fought for what was right, and good.

Rosa Parks began the Montgomery bus boycott upon her arrest in 1955. After she was arrested and others after her the black community began boycotting city busses. Rosa Parks helped lead this boycott by arranging carpools and other things of that caliber. She worked along side Martin Luther King Jr. in leading the black community to the equality they deserved.

The Little Rock Nine were a group of high school children who were part of segregating Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. They were attacked by the white children within the school, the white people on the outside, and in fact the school was shut down when a mob of white people came for them. The situation was bad but the children did officially segregate Central High.

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