Presentation on theme: "The Montgomery Bus Boycott"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Montgomery Bus Boycott Lesson starter:Write down what you know about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
2 Today we will…Understand the events that led to Rosa Parks’ arrest in Dec 1955Examine why the bus boycott became a success for the Civil Rights movement
3 Who? Rosa Parks, 42 year old seamstress From Montgomery, Alabama She had grown up in a segregated societyShe was a Civil Rights Worker – worked for National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP)
4 What happened?In 1943, Rosa had already experienced discrimination on Montgomery BusesDecember 1955, she was told to give up her seat for a white person and refusedShe was arrestedThe NAACP decided to encourage Black Americans to boycott the city’s busesJames F Blake, bus driver
5 The NAACP handed out 35,000 leaflets urging people to boycott buses 5 Dec onwards – boycott startsPeople walked, cycled and carpooledTerrible weatherLasted for 381 daysHundreds of buses lay unused
10 Why was the boycott so important? 75% of bus users were Black – the bus company eventually had to give in and desegregated Montgomery BusesThe boycott lasted over a year – 381 daysIt showed the financial power of Black peopleIt created publicity for the Civil Rights movementIt inspired people to stand up for their rights – after all, Rosa was just an ordinary womanIt gave the Civil Rights movement a leader – Martin Luther King who inspired the boycotters
11 Video Clips Bus Boycott Rosa Parks Rosa Parks funeral (click link at top right)