This Week in History: Montgomery Bus Boycott

Rosa Parks' mugshot, February 1956, Courtesy of Richard Banks, Creative Commons: Attribution BY-NC-ND 2.0.

On December 5, 1955, with Rosa Parks on trial for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus, civil rights organizers launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The protest against segregated buses would last 381 days.

  • Learn about the boycott in Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience, available through Credo Reference.
  • Explore documentary films about the boycott and the Civil Rights Movement from American History in Video.
  • Read Martin Luther King, Jr.’s firsthand account of the boycott in Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, available through ebrary, Inc.

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