Key Questions: Does the Montgomery Bus Boycott mark the beginning of the civil rights movement? In what other ways should the boycott be remembered?
Examine the section called “We Are Having a Difficult Time Here but We Are Not Discouraged” and the “Highlander Folk School and the criminalization of organizing” page (under the “Treading the Tightrope of Jim Crow” section).
- How did the Montgomery Bus Boycott begin?
- Why was a bus boycott called for rather than leaving Parks’s case to the courts?
- What impact did Parks’s bus stance and the bus boycott have on Parks and her family?
- What efforts were made to squash the bus boycott?
- Why do you think these attempts are so often forgotten in public memory around Rosa Parks, the bus boycott and the larger civil rights movement?
- How did black activists respond when bus segregation was ruled un-Constitutional?
- “5000 at Meeting Outline Boycott; Bullet Clips Bus”, Montgomery Advertiser, 6 December 1955
- Negro Ministers of Montgomery and Their Congregations, “To the Montgomery Public”, statement that references previous arrests like White’s, Brook’s, Colvin’s
- Photo showing Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King at civil rights related “training” at Highlander
- “Integrated Bus Suggestions” from 19 December 1956
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