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On This Day in History: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Started

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On this day in 1955, African Americans made civil rights history by initiating the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

On December 5, 1955, African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to ride city buses to protest the laws that segregated passengers based on the color of their skin.  The boycott took place four days after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott lasted over a year, with it officially ending on December 20, 1956, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the city of Montgomery to integrate its bus system.  Today, the Montgomery Bus Boycott is recognized as the first large-scale demonstration against segregation, and many consider it the birth of the American civil rights movement.

The boycott also saw the emergence of prominent civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  During the boycott, Dr. King drew attention to his philosophy of nonviolent resistance, which would become a hallmark of the civil rights movement through the 1960s.  Following his role in the boycott, King would play a major role in the 1963 March on Washington and would cement his spot in history with this iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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