Racism was and still is a huge epidemic in the United states. Racism is the prejudice that members of one race is superior to members of other races. During the 60s racism in the United States of America was mostly directed to African Americans, which at the time were referred to as colored people. At that point in time African American people and white people were segregated. If a person of color wanted to drink water, use the restroom, ride a bus, or even eat in a restaurant; they had to do such in an area labeled ‘Colored’. Racism in this era holds a lot of rich history that plays a huge part in life as we know it today. If it wasn’t for all the Civil Rights activist taking a stand against the unjust laws against the African American community,…show more content… By them taking a stand against segregation they inspired many people across the southern states to partake in the freedom rides. In September 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued regulations prohibiting segregation in bus and train stations nationwide [Staff, History.com 2010].
One of the most influential people during the Civil Rights movement was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968 [History.com, staff 2009]. Martin Luther King Jr. was an advocate of nonviolence, and his main goal was for equality for African Americans. He played very big role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
King played a role in the Montgomery bus boycott due to the fact that he lived in Montgomery. Dr. King’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement started before the 1960s. He really got involved shortly after Rosa Parks was arrested for failure to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus.This event took place on December 1, 1955; which was 60 years ago. Rosa Parks was the secretary of Montgomery’s NAACP (National Association for the Advancement for Colored People). After her arrest the local activist in the area formed a bus boycott which lasted 381 days. This boycott put a big damper on the economic growth of the public transit system and on the downtown business owners. The protest leader and official spokesperson for the boycott was no other than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.