Browder V. Gayle Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… Instead of going on with Parks’ case, which was tied up in Alabama courts, Fred Grey filed Browder on February 1, 1956. Browder sought for an injunction against further segregated seating, which relied on the legal authority of Brown v. Board of Education. Without Gray’s request for an injunction, there is the possibility that the boycott that began days after Parks’ arrest could have lasted much longer than its 381-day stint. Gray was able to completely bypass the U.S. Courts of Appeal and go directly to an initial three-judge hearing and then on to the Supreme Court. The time Gray saved by filing the Browder case as an injunction was a decisive factor in the success of the …show more content…
It was not until the initial three-judge court ruled in a 2-1 vote striking down the Alabama statues on segregated busing that success for the boycott seemed possible. Again, because of Gray’s decision to file the injunction, the case went directly to the Supreme Court where, on November 13, 1956, the court affirmed the lower court’s judgment that bus segregation was unconstitutional. This decision had an extreme impact on the boycott. Still, until the Court’s decision took effect, the boycott had its battles. On the same day as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, Montgomery city leaders obtained an injunction against operation of the carpool, which was the main source of transportation for members of the boycott. This meant people no longer had any choice other than to walk since there was no organized transportation system available until the Court’s decision took effect on December 20, 1956. Many involved directly with the events in Montgomery and observers have accredited the successfulness of the bus integration to the boycott. Yes, the boycott did generate the Browder case; however, had the boycott never occurred, the Browder case could have still succeeded. Yet, it was necessary for the boycott that the Browder case succeeded in court. In Montgomery, litigation tactics achieved a more favorable result than the MIA’s initial demands or

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