Black Rights

Black Rights

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  • In Montgomery, Alabama, the first four rows of bus seats were reserved for white people. Buses had "colored" sections and "non-colored" sections. 75% of bus users were made up of colored people. And if the limit of non-colored people exceeded, they had the right to take the seat of the empty seat nearest to there section, and the bus driver had the right to remove the colored sign if he wished so.
  • At the front, White seats only.
  • Blacks must give up their seats to Whites
  • Rosa Parks boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus at around 6 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 1955, in downtown Montgomery. She bought her ticket and sat in an empty seat in the first row of back seats reserved for the "colored", which was near the middle of the bus and right behind the ten seats reserved for white passengers. And as the bus started to move on its route, and it filled up. On its third stop at Empire Theater a group of non-colored people boarded the bus.
  • Blacks must give up their seats to Whites
  • At the front, White seats only.
  • The bus driver had noticed that the front of the bus was filled with white passengers, and that there were 2-3 white men still standing and then the bus driver demanded that four colored should give up there seats(including Rosa Parks) and then in the beginning 3 colored followed the drivers orders except Rosa Parks.
  • At the front, White seats only.
  • Get up before I call the police. And they will arrest you!
  • Blacks must give up their seats to Whites
  • Let me have these seats. I demand that 4 blacks get up so the white passengers could sit.
  • No I will not! You may do that.
  • When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to the white man, a police officer arrested her. As the officer took her away, she remembered that she asked, "Why do you push us around?" The officer's response as she remembered it was, "I don't know, but the law's the law, and you're under arrest."
  • Guilty! You will be fined 10$ for misorderly conduct and for violating a local ordinance plus 4$ for court charges.
  • Remeber...
  • On the evening of Park's arrest (Dec 1, 1955), 35,000 leaflets were handed out to the black community people who would normally take the bus in Montgomery from the WPC. On Dec 4, 1955, during church time in Black churches, the plans for the Boycott were announced. The leaflets said, "Negros should stay off the bus on Monday..." On Monday in a rally at a church at night, they agreed to continue to the boycott until their needs were met.
  • Church ministers gathered to discuss boycott strategies. The group agreed that a new organization was needed to lead the boycott if it were to continue.  It was called the "Montgomery Improvement Association" (MIA), and a young minister from Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., was elected as the leader of MIA.
  • The boycott went very well! We shall continue.
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