Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

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  • Wouldn't it be nice to be able to sit where I like on the bus?
  • I'm sat in the 'colored section of the bus so I'm not moving.
  • Rosa Parks was an ideal candidate to challenge bus segregation.
  • I asked you to move for the white customers. I had no choice but to have you arrested.
  • In Montgomery the seating on buses was segregated. The drivers were white and often bullied blacks.
  • Rosa sat in the first row of 'colored' seating. As the bus filled Rosa was asked to move. She refused.
  • The Supreme Court has decided in Browder v Gayle that segregation on buses is unconstitutional.
  • Rosa was arrested on 1st December 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white man.
  • A one day boycott of the buses on 5th December turned into almost a year. with 90% of the black population involved.
  • The MIA took the case to court saying that segregation was illegal. They succeeded and integrated buses started in 1956.
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