This section is for whites. Now leave or I'll call the cops and you'll be arrested.
No. These are unfair laws and all people should be treated equally. I will not pay the fine when I get arrested, nor will I move.
You'll be held here and we will release you in a few hours.
Tomorrow, I'm gonna tell NAACP to boycott the transportation system. That'll show 'em.
But it wasn’t until December 1st, 1955 for Rosa to really make a change. After a tiring day at work, Rosa got on the bus to go home and sat down. In Montgomery at the time, the seats that were closer to the front on the bus were kept open for whites while the back ones were for blacks.
The bus filled quickly. There was a white man who got on and the bus driver told the African Americans to move back to make room, while Rosa refused. Rosa was arrested and fined for breaking segregation laws! But again, Rosa refused to pay the fine; she believed that the law was wrong, not her actions.
Yes! We did it!
I hereby declare that everyone is allowed to sit anywhere they want on the transportation system.
In response to Rosa being arrested, all of Montgomery’s black citizens came together and decided to boycott the buses in the city for a protest. So, from December 5th, 1955 on, the blacks didn’t ride the buses.
Their protest was very effective and had more blacks participate than expected. And while African Americans made up 70% of the bus riders, Montgomery’s transportation system made much less money than before and was struggling. This also wasn’t an easy protest, because most of the blacks didn’t have cars so they had to carpool or walk to where they needed to go.
This could be a long walk. But, the protestors stuck with it and, finally, on November 23rd, 1956, the supreme court decided that Alabama’s racial segregation laws were unconstitutional, so they took them down and Rosa earned the title of “The mother of the civil rights movement”.