Montgomery Bus Boycotts December 5th, 1955-December 20th 1956

This is the bus that historic African American figure Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white male, when the bus was full on December 1st of 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. This is what started and drove the bus boycotts.

The goal of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts was not only to stop segregation in public transportation, but to send out a message about segregation in general.

Martin Luther King, Jr. played a very prominent role in this era. He came to power during these boycotts, and he helped the African American community hold onto their little hope. MLK got assassinated after his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lorraine hotel in Memphis, TN on April 4th, 1968.

This is the hotel where MLK was shot in the head and neck fatally.

Rosa Parks is another huge leader in this era as she was very brave and stood up against segregation. She started this movement and because of her, segregation is unlawful today. The African American community started sticking up for themselves because of her.

There were many obstacles that African Americans had to face throughout this time period. White people would randomly stop them and try to fight them, the KKK would raid their neighborhoods, and police officers would just start arresting them for no reason.

In order to get their point across, they knew they had to stay calm. Even though they had evil things coming at them, they had to stay focused on their goals. Peaceful protest was powerful.

Because of these bus boycotts, segregation of any type is now completely illegal. This boycott made a very large impact, and after it got transportation segregation banned, it got the rest of segregation banned.

Today, police brutality still happens. Black people are killed or arrested too many times for no reason. One time is too many. However, as you can see in this picture, there are white people and other races helping protest as well which is nice to see that we are coming together as a community to help each other out no matter what race you are or where you are from. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is similar to the Montgomery Bus Boycotts because they both want/wanted freedom.

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Lexy Larson

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