Rosa Parks and the bus boycott

Rosa Parks and the bus boycott


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In 1955, African-American seamstress, Rosa Parks sat on the first row of the colored section on the bus. More white people filled the front seats and as the front filled up, the colored section got smaller. The bus driver, James Blake, told Rosa Parks and three other people to get up and move back, so when more white people got on they had a place to sit. The three others listened but Parks did not want to move, even after the driver told her he will have her arrested. Rosa Parks was arrested and fined ten dollars and four dollars in court fees.




Rosa Parks stood up against Jim Crow laws by sitting down. The Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott was when Martin Luther King, Jr. told African-Americans to not ride the buses to work, to town, to school, or any where. If you work, take a cab, share a ride, or walk. The boycott lasted 381 days. December 1956 was when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the segregation law was unconstitutional and the Montgomery buses were integrated. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was the beginning of a revolutionary era of non-violent protests supporting civil rights.