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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 1955 Examine 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 society She 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 Buses December 1955, she was told to give up her seat for a white person and refused She was arrested The NAACP decided to encourage Black Americans to boycott the city’s buses James F Blake, bus driver

5 The NAACP handed out 35,000 leaflets urging people to boycott buses
5 Dec onwards – boycott starts People walked, cycled and carpooled Terrible weather Lasted for 381 days Hundreds of buses lay unused

6 Rosa being arrested

7 Empty buses

8 Walking to work


10 Why was the boycott so important?
75% of bus users were Black – the bus company eventually had to give in and desegregated Montgomery Buses The boycott lasted over a year – 381 days It showed the financial power of Black people It created publicity for the Civil Rights movement It inspired people to stand up for their rights – after all, Rosa was just an ordinary woman It 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)

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