Boycotts A form of legal protest

A boycott is an organized form of protest where participants refrain from buying, using, or following a product, service, or law.

A famous boycott took place in Seattle, Washington, in 1966. Public schools, still segregated, were under fire from residents. With no government response from the City of Seattle, residents organized a school boycott on March 31 and April 1.

Schoolchildren refrained from attending their classes, instead going to "Freedom Schools", where children, for the first time, were able to experience multicultural education and activities. Originally, eight of these sites were planned, but due to the overwhelming success of the boycott additional sites were created. Seattle schools saw an absentee rate increase of 58.5% on the two days participants attended freedom schools or stayed home. Eventually, this boycott would lead to the desegregation of Seattle Public Schools some months later.

A more well-known boycott is the Montgomery Bus Boycott. For hundreds of days, black Montgomery citizens refused to ride buses until they were fully integrated. After the City refused to budge, black representatives took legal action, revoking Alabama's bus law.


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