Montgomery Bus Boycott Facts

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Introduction - Montgomery Bus Boycott

Sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1st of 1955 for not giving her seat up to a white passenger on a Montgomery Alabama city bus the Montgomery Bus Boycott was the first major non-violent civil-rights protest against racial segregation in the United States. This important event in black history would ignite the civil rights movement and prompt numerous other protest that would culminate in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 making racial segregation illegal.

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In 1955 racial segregation was the norm in the southern United States. White people and black people had separate water fountains, sections of movie theatres, lunch counters, bus seats, and separation in other public places. This separate but equal policy was considered legal and its legality had been supported by the courts. However this policy fostered inequality and racial discrimination.

On this page we list interesting facts about the Montgomery Bus Boycott including who the protesters were, why it was successful, and how it thrust a young preacher named Martin Luther King, Jr into the spotlight of the fight for civil rights. This information is written for kids who may be writing Black History Month reports and for adults wanting to learn more about this important and famous event in black history.

Interesting Montgomery Bus Boycott Facts