Montgomery Bus Boycott

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To what extent was the Montgomery bus boycott a success for the civil rights movement?

The Montgomery bus boycott was a large success for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. It was the first of many successful events in the United States that would lead to the signing of the civil rights act in 1964. The contribution of several events included Rosa Parks’ stand in the boycott, the determination of the Women’s Political Council, and the moral of Emmett Till’s death. However, without the commitment of supporters, the Civil Rights Movement could potentially have been significantly less of a success.

The bus boycott occurred in Montgomery, Alabama to protest segregated seating. Black civilians were to sit in the back half of the bus and
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This included lobbying officials to tackle racist policies, such of that of the Montgomery bus situation. Jo Anne Robinson, the head of the WPC, sent a letter to the mayor to address the unfair practises suggesting that both black and white passengers should have the right to sit anywhere on the bus, until all seats were occupied. She requested that African Americans not be asked to pay at the front and re-enter through the back door, as the practise was discriminating especially considering that only blacks were required to do so. City commissioners constantly rejected the WPC’s concerns despite Robinson’s statement ‘‘now plans are being made to ride less, or not at all, on our busses,’’ she additionally mentions that ‘‘three-fourths of the riders of these public conveyances are Negroes. If Negroes did not patronize them, they could not possibly operate.’’ The WPC evoked the African American community to battle for their rights, which in turn ignited the Civil Rights movement, leading the boycott to its …show more content…
Emmett Till was a 14-year old African American boy, originally from Chicago, who was brutally murdered in Mississippi. Till was in Mississippi visiting an uncle but was accused of supposedly flirting with a white store clerk. Several days later Till’s body was found brutally mutilated in the Tallahatchie River. The woman’s husband Roy Bryant, and brother-in-law, J.W. Milam, were arrested and charged with Till’s murder. Till’s body was later returned to Chicago where a public funeral would take place. His mother insisted on an open casket to expose the truth behind racial discrimination. Emmett Till’s murder exposed the world to the vicious hate crimes that were inflicted upon African Americans despite the passing of the Civil war, Reconstruction and the 15th amendment. Essentially the death of Emmett Till was a catalyst event that was needed to ignite an upsurge of activism known as the Civil Rights Movement.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott brought the topic of racial segregation to face the American government. The bus boycott proved to be a great success thanks to Rosa Parks and the WPC, which along with the display of Emmitt Till’s murder case helped make the Civil rights Movement a

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