Storyboard Project; The Origins of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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  • In Montgomery, Alabama, 1955, a seamstress named Rosa Parks was going home frrom a long day's work, like anyone else...
  • Argh
  • But there was a problem, Rosa Parks couldn't just sit down like anyone else on the bus, she and other black citizens faced a horrible prejudice. On the bus she was expected to sit in a specific section and was even expected to leave that section if white people wanted to sit there.
  • I just wanna go home
  • On this particular night, Rosa Parks is faced with J.Fred Blake, the bus driver who had previously taken Parks' money without allowing her on the bus.
  • C'mon the bus!
  • Once Rosa Parks got on this bus (in spite of her experience with the driver), she is demanded to get off the bus so that a white man could sit in her place.
  • Um, No. This is my spot!
  • Get off this bus so this white guy can sit down!
  • Uh oh...well it's better than being oppressed on this bus!
  • Parks knew that refusing to give her seat was illegal, but she had the strength to stand up for herself. This strength inspired her fellow bus riders to stand up to prejudice too.
  • Well I called the police! You're under arrest now!
  • Upon hearing Rosa Parks' tale, a local civil rights leader named Jo Ann Robinson printed leaflets informing others of Parks' courage and calling for a boycott. This would become known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, where black citizens would defy the unfair bus rules by walking to and fro instead of using the buses. Rosa Parks sparked a civil revolution.
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