Exercise 4

August 17, 2016 6:19 pm Published by

Key Question: Were the courts a friend or a foe (or both) of the bus boycotters?

Examine the section called “We Are Having a Difficult Time Here but We Are Not Discouraged”.

Discussion Questions:

  • What was the response of black Montgomerians to Rosa Parks’s arrest?
  • Why was a bus boycott called for rather than leaving Parks’s case to the courts?
  • How did the City of Montgomery use laws and courts to squash the boycott?
    • Were these attempts legal? Were they just?
  • How did black activists respond when bus segregation was ruled un-Constitutional?


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