Today in Black history....

You must never be fearful about what you are doing if it is right.
— Rosa Parks

Today in Black history the Montgomery Bus Boycott began in 1955 and lasted until December the 20th 1956. The boycott was a pivotal event of the civil rights movement and the objective was to protest against segregated seating in the Alabama transit system. It was catalyzed by the arrest of Rosa Parks four days prior for refusing to give up her seat to white man on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks was on her way back from work and as the white section seating filled up the driver had asked for the black passengers occupying the front seats of the ‘colored’ section to give up their seats, it was at this point Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and was arrested. The boycott ended after the US Supreme Court ruling that segregation on mass transit was unconstitutional via the federal ruling Browder v. Gayle. One of the leaders of the boycott, Martin Luther King Jr emerged as a protuberant leader of the civil rights Movement. On the first day of the boycott Martin Luther King Jr gave a speech in protest against racial prejudice- “There comes a time when people get tired…tired of being segregated and humiliated…if you will protest courageously and yet with dignity and Christian love…historians will have to pause and say ‘there lived a great people- a black people- who injected a new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.’ This is our challenge and our overwhelming responsibility.”

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