The Montgomery Bus Boycott
The bus boycott started on December 1, 1995 in Montgomery, Alabama. One word that I would describe the bus boycott as, would be courageous. Courageous, meaning not deterred by danger or pain: incredibly brave.
Rosa Parks played a big role in the Montgomery bus boycott! She was 42 years old and on her way home from a long day of work. She was sitting down on the bus, minding her own business, when all of a sudden the bus driver commanded her to give up her seat for a young white man. She refused! At once they took her off the bus and put her in jail! Just for not giving up her seat! Can you imagine living in a world that you are treated so unfairly? Many people think that Rosa Parks was just tired and didn't want to have to move, but that information is false! Rosa Parks grew up in a household with a great dislike of segregation. She didn't want segregation anymore, she WAS going to put an end to it. Rosa Parks helped start the bus boycott!
"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in." - Rosa Parks
This quote means that Rosa Parks was tired of listening to what white people told her to do! She was tired of segregation laws! She wanted to change the world as it was.
For over a year, 17,000-20,000 people boycotted the bus. They either walked or carpooled to where ever they were going to go. It was very hard because most of their transportation was on the buses! Eventually, the bus lost most of its profit and either had to shut down, or become unsegregated! The African Americans had won!
The Bus Boycott Was Very Important
This event overall impacted the civil rights movement greatly. It impacted it greatly because it gave African Americans more courage to be able to stand up about other things that they were not okay with. Also, it helped trigger other boycotts and acts against segregation. Overall, it played a huge part in ending segregation.
Facts and Opinions
Facts: Most white people were violent to the African Americans. I know that this is a fact. I know this because bus drivers would yell and threaten the African Americans if they didn't do exactly what the bus driver wanted. Also, The Ku Klux Klan would kill the African Americans. Lastly, People would hurt, say mean things, and through trash at the African Americans!
Opinion:"Segregation was bad" I know that this is an opinion. I know this because some people thought that segregation was good, they hated the idea of being with African Americans. On the other hand, some people thought that segregation was horrible and they were totally against it!
"Freedom Riders" by Russel Freeman