Presentation on theme: "The Montgomery Bus Boycott"— Presentation transcript:
1The Montgomery Bus Boycott Lesson starter:Write down what you know about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
2Today 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
3Who? 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)
4What 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
5The 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
10Why 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
11Video Clips Bus Boycott Rosa Parks Rosa Parks funeral (click link at top right)