montgomery bus boycott By: Luke Fischer

The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a non violent protest in which African Americans refused to take segregated transportation and instead walked miles or carpooled to get to the places they needed.

Segregated Bus

Leading up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott was everything segregation had held. It separated African Americans from whites in everyday things such as drinking from drinking fountains, taking public transit, and attending different schools. As shown in the Image above African Americans were forced to sit in different rows then the whites on the bus and when too many white peoples entered the blacks were forced to evade their rows and move back or stand up.

Rosa Parks being arrested for civil disobediance

On December 1st 1955, Rosa Parks was on bus no.2857 in Montgomery, Alabama. She was sitting with 3 other African Americans in a row when all the rows in front of her filled up with white people leaving one white man standing. It is illegal for a White person to be standing when blacks occupy the bus. This means that Rosa Parks and her 3 black occupants had to move back rows, stand up, or leave the bus. The 3 African Americans cooperated however Rosa Parks refused leading up to her arrest.

thousands of african americans walking instead of taking the buses

The arrest of Rosa Parks sparked one of the most famous non violent movements called the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This Boycott consisted of African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama refusing to take public segregated transportation and instead would walk miles and miles to their destinations or would car pool with other African Americans.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott occurred in Montgomery Alabama in one of most rural parts of racism in the south, which was one of the many challenges they had to face as well as limited transportation and disapproval from the white people. They were able to overcome these challenges by staying true to their boycott and not taking the buses and supplying them with money, therefore forcing the bus companys to desegregate the buses However this boycott was not the first, a few years before this Africans Americans attempted to boycott buses in baton-rouge Louisiana which wasn't as effective as the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

After the arrest of Rosa Parks a civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was brought in to lead the boycott along with other civil rights activists and 40,000 other African Americans.

segregated waitings rooms

The goal of the Montgomery Bus Boycott was to get rid of segregation and the term "separate but equal." It brought together thousands of African Americans to non violent protest which created history. It was was the first bus boycott successfully completed. The bus boycott brought out leaders from thousands of African Americans which lead the party's to success. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was significant because it was the first step to abolishing segregation and discrimination in America.

the Montgomery bus boycott was a 13-month mass protest that ended with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses is unconstitutional.

One modern day injustice is the amount of police officers shooting, injuring, and killing unarmed african americans for no reason.

Black Lives Matters protesters

This modern day injustice can be compared to the Montgomery Bus Boycott because in both cases African Americans are being targeted and being treated unequal. And in both situation people are protesting and fighting for equal rights.

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