Montgomery Bus Boycott Essay

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Americas history is untold if the story of the civil rights movement is not mentioned. During the shaping of this country as we know it, it once was separated by the color of our skins. From the education to the places you can dine, was separated by color. The United States was founded on a set of laws and principles that are enforced by the Constitution of the United States. It is very important to understand that we were not always created equal in the eyes of our government or in the eyes of business owners. Since the beginning of this country, slavery was a beginning that ultimately led to a lot of conflicts including the Civil War. Throughout the course of this paper, several things will be discussed about the shaping of our civil rights …show more content…
In 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. began the Boycott of Montgomery Busses. The demands they made were simple: Black passengers should be treated with courtesy. Seating should be allotted on a first-come-first-serve basis, with white passengers sitting from front to back and black passengers sitting from back to front. And African American drivers should drive routes that primarily serviced African Americans. On Monday, December 5, 1955 the boycott went into effect. Montgomery officials stopped at nothing in attempting to sabotage the boycott. King and Abernathy were arrested. Violence began during the action and continued after its conclusion. Four churches — as well as the homes of King and Abernathy — were bombed. But the boycott continued. King had hoped that around fifty percent of the blacks would join the boycott. It was then he observed that ninety-nine percent of blacks refused to ride the buses, instead they were walking, riding, their bikes, or finding some other form of travel. On November 23rd, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of bus segregation being unconstitutional. This boycott that was noticed nationally ttriggered same type of events throughout the United Sattes and Martin Luther King Jr. becoming the acknowledged leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Rosa

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