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  • June 20-24, 1953
  • March 5, 1955
  • Move to the back
  • Whites Only
  • “It’s my constitutional right to sit here.” 
  • October 21, 1955
  • Bail: $9
  • Bus boycott in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - lead to compromise making busses slightly more integrated. The peaceful, organized, protest was effective and inspired Martin Luther King Jr.
  • December 1, 1955
  • "All I was doing was trying to get home from work."
  •  Claudette Colvin, a pregnant fifteen-year-old-girl from Montgomery, is arrested for refusing to give a white passenger her seat and is charged with disorderly conduct and violating segregation laws. -- Since she was a pregnant teen and unwed, her case was not pursued by the NAACP or other black leaders.
  • December 5, 1955
  • We should continue the boycott “..to gain justice on the buses in the city.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
  •  Eighteen-year-old Mary Louise Smith is arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery. After her arrest she was fined $9 for failing to obey an officer.  This act ignited a spark in the American Civil Rights movement, leading to boycotts of the busses
  • February 21/March 19, 1956
  • Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. She was arrested for violating the law. Her actions and arrest launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
  • Whites Only
  • First day of the boycott. King decides to continue the boycott until bus policies are changed. The buses would need to be integrated.
  • 80+ leaders of the boycott are indicted as a result of Alabama’s anti-conspiracy laws. King is indicted as the boycott’s leader on March 19. He is ordered to pay $500 or serve 386 days in jail.
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