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Rosa Parks and the
Montgomery Bus Boycott

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In December 1955, Rosa Parks, a NAACP secretary and tailor’s assistant, defied Montgomery, Alabama segregation laws by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Her subsequent trial and conviction sparked a yearlong, black boycott of city buses that ended only after the Supreme Court ruled public bus segregation to be unconstitutional. Using this informative collection of primary source documents, including part of the segregation code of the city of Montgomery; civil rights posters, flyers, and demands; newspaper article on boycott plans; photographs; and the Supreme Court decision that ended bus segregation, students will learn not only about the life and work of civil rights activist Rosa Parks, but also about segregation and the birth of the civil rights movement. Historian: Audrey Green Rogers. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

Support Materials

  • Illustrated Broadsheet Essay
  • Timeline
  • Critical Thinking Questions
  • Recommended Reading List

Historical Documents

  • Code of the City of Montgomery, Alabama, Sec. 10-12, 1952
  • NAACP “March to Freedom” poster, August 1955
  • “5,000 at Meeting Outline Boycott; bullet clips bus,” Montgomery Advertiser, December 6, 1955
  • “Negroes Most Urgent Needs,” presented to the Montgomery City Council prior to the boycott
  • Supreme Court Decision: Browder v. Gayle, 1956
  • “Integrated Bus Suggestions” flyer circulated by Montgomery Improvement Association, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., president, December 19, 1956
  • Photo-poster

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