Does Non-violent Protest work? By: lUke magnuson

Non-violent resistance: "the practice of achieving goals such as social change through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, or other methods, without using violence." (Wikipedia)
An example of non-violent resistance is the Montgomery bus boycott that occurred from December 5, 1955, to December 20, 1956. A boycott is defined as "withdrawal from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest." (Wikipedia)
A similar boycott, called the Delano Grape Strike, was lead by Caesar Chavez and the UFW.
Black residents in Montgomery Alabama all stopped riding the public transit system to protest unfair segregation on buses. Their purpose was to starve the bus companies of money until they changed their practices. Black residents commenced litigation against the bus companies, too.
This is the front page of a newspaper with an article about the success of the bus boycott.
It wasn't easy. Many black people walked to and from work without the access to public transit.
"We are merely insisting on the dignity and worth of every human personality. And I don't stand here, I'm not arguing for any selfish person. I've never been on a bus in Montgomery. But I would be less than a Christian if I stood back and said, because I don't ride the bus, I don't have to ride a bus, that it doesn't concern me. I will not be content. I can hear a voice saying, "If you do it unto the least of these, my brother, you do it unto me." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Thee boycott, which lasted 381 days, succeeded in attracting national attention to the unfairness and injustice of segregation. In addition, the litigation was successful: bus segregation was ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Browder v. Gayle.
Works cited: Karlson, Jay. "10 Famous Boycotts." Listverse. N.p., 17 June 2014. Web. 12 Jan. 2017. Web. 12 Jan. 2017. "Nonviolent Resistance." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2017. "Fred Gray Sr." Montgomery Bus Boycott RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2017. "(1955) Martin Luther King Jr., "The Montgomery Bus Boycott" | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed." (1955) Martin Luther King Jr., "The Montgomery Bus Boycott" | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.

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