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The Montgomery Bus Boycott

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The Montgomery Bus Boycott

America took its first steps towards racial integration in 1954 when the Supreme Court declared segregated school unconstitutional but America’s attitude toward their black brethren was far from friendly. Blacks still found themselves banned from swimming pools and hotels, separation among the races still an accepted practice. The civil rights movement had been bubbling to the surface of the racial volcano slowly but surely for years finally the revolution was sparked on December 1st 1955.

“For a number of years, the negro passengers on the city bus lines with Montgomery have been humiliated and intimidated And faced threat on this bus line Just the other day one of the fine citizens of our community Misses Rosa parks was arrested because she refused to give up her seat for a white passenger Misses Rosa parks was arrested And taken down to jail taken from the bus just because she refused to give up her seat at present we are in the midst of a protest the negro citizens of Montgomery representing some 44% percent of the population. 90 percent at least of the regular negro bus passengers are staying off the buses and we plan to continue until something is done” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Discussing the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Rosa Parks started something big tired from a long day work. Rosa sat in a row reserved for blacks, when all of the front white rows had filled the bus driver asked Rosa and three others to move so that a white man could have a seat. At that time blacks and whites weren’t allowed to occupy the same row. Parks refused and was arrested. Five days later on December 5th Rosa was fined ten dollars in police court, for violating the city bus segregation laws. It was shortly after repo...

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...victory won by the Montgomery bus boycott as a insignificant compared to be
Accomplishmenst that would be made later in the civil rights movement but as Rerta Wright wrote it helped to launch a 10-year national struggle for freedom in justice without the Montgomery Bus Boycott who knows if the civil rights for every would have
Ever came about.

"We are confronted primarily with a moral issue.... It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.... One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs... are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice... this Nation... will not be fully free until all its citizens are free.... Now the time has come for this Nation to fulfill its promise." Dallek, Robert (2003). An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963, pp. 604-606.
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