You are black so you must sit at the back of the bus!
Rosa Parks refused to gve up her seat
I am not getting up!!
Then you are under arrest!!
The Black People of Montgomery Decided to Stop taking Buses
We are going to stop taking buses!
This means that black people had to sit at the back of the bus and white people had priority over all seats.
They Did Anything to Avoid getting on the Bus
December 1st 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and was therefore arrested. This is what sparked the rebellion.
Buses Began to go out of Business
All of our customers were black, we aren't earning enough!
Black people stopped taking buses as a way of rebelling that wasn't against the law. They held a meeting in a local Baptist church, they decided to hold the protest on the 5th of December (Rosa's trial day)
The Result of the Boycott
In order to get to work, black people carpooled, walked, rode bicycles, and used horse-drawn buggies. Black taxi drivers lowered their fairs to ten cents, which was the same price as a bus fair. Despite not riding the bus, black people found ways to travel by organizing and working together.
Most people who rode the bus were black so when they stopped taking the bus no buses were earning enough money.
It signaled that a peaceful protest could result in the changing of laws to protect the equal rights of all people regardless of race.