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The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a a bus boycott thattook place from December 5, 1955 to December 20, 1956 that was sparked from asenior female African-American citizen named Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white person due tothe filling of a bus, which caused police authorities to come and force her off thebus. This lead to the African-American community refusing to ride the bus and the spark of Martin Luther King Jr. This forced Montgomery to have no choice but tolift the segregation rule on buses.
February 1, 1960 four African Americans college students walked into a whites only restaurant and refused to give up their seats. This later led to multiple boycotts rippling through Greensboro, which led to segregation in restaurants to be banned.
Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 on the second floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel by a sniper bullet, the dayafter his speech the day before. This sparked outrage and riots in over 100 cities around the country, which President Lyndon B. Johnson told America to “reject the blind violence”. The assassinator, James Earl Ray was later jailed for 99 years. This lead to Martin Luther Kind day on the third Monday of January every year.
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