Why did the boycott of Montgomery’s buses succeed?

The boycott was a success because the African Americans community stuck together for the cause, and made a commitment to “protest until the grievances were granted”.  They were fed up with the discriminatory practices, constant public humiliation, and the unfair treatment they had experienced for years.  Rosa Parks was a “symbol for movement” that gave momentum to movement. Petitions from respected members in the community, such as JoAnn Robinson, were meant to garner support for the African Americans condition.  A leaflet of information about the boycott was circulated to get the word out, and to rally African  Americans. Media coverage about the boycott went nationally.  Regular meetings by Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) were held with church and community leaders to reaffirmed the commitment to a non-violent approach.  The preachers would use their influences to help encourage the African American community, as well.  A well-organized campaign through protest of  public buses that threatened the economic mobility of the community.  Since the African Americans didn’t have transportation they did not frequent town as often which hurt local businesses.  The African Americans  organized car pooled, hitch-hiked, walked, or were transported by white housewives to work.  Finally, in December 1956, the US Supreme Court ruled bus segregation was unconstitutional.

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2 Responses to Why did the boycott of Montgomery’s buses succeed?

  1. Yuki Shinzaki says:

    Hi, Joanne! I enjoyed reading your weekly blog! I researched the bus boycott too and agreed you that Rosa Parks was a “symbol for movement”. She did not cause the Bus Boycott and just triggered for it.

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