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The Montgomery Bus Boycott September 8, 2005. Setting for the Boycott Occurred in Montgomery, Alabama 1955 Racism and segregation were causing tensions.

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1 The Montgomery Bus Boycott September 8, 2005

2 Setting for the Boycott Occurred in Montgomery, Alabama 1955 Racism and segregation were causing tensions to grow further between blacks and whites during this period Followed Brown Decision of 1954 that stated separate schools for separate races was inherently unequal Helped lay foundation for Civil Rights Movement

3 Unfair Transportation Practices Black passengers filled bus from back Driving staff abused black passengers verbally & physically Blacks were last to leave the bus

4 Taking Action Rosa Parks, member of NAACP, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger Martin Luther King Jr. led 381 day boycott of Montgomery buses Black community formed network of carpools and informal taxi services Community leaders organized group called Montgomery Improvement Association

5 Outcome of the Boycott Ended December 21, 1956 U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregated bus system was unconstitutional Violence still continued Boycott marked success for African Americans and King at a national level Non-violent resistance

6 Important Contributions The boycott wasnt all Rosa Parks Jo Ann Robinson and Womens Political Council promoted voter registration and activism among women Everyday working people made huge sacrifices

7 Works Cited doc8.html doc8.html l l The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Advancement of Social Justice: Seeking The Beloved Community. The Journal of African American History, 2004, Vol. 89, pg:404.


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