Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Author: Russell Freedman
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 114
Cover Price: $ 18.95

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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and give up her seat to a white man. This refusal to give up her dignity sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle led by Martin Luther King, Jr., and a major victory in the civil rights movement.

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Rosa Parks was a black woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955 and sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a concerted effort by blacks in Montgomery Alabama to live without bus services in late 1955 and early 1956. Martin Luther King Jr came to national prominence through the Montgomery Bus Boycott and remained the most influential Civil Rights leader until his assassination. The civil rights movement, which aimed to deliver the rights assured black Americans in the post-Civil-War amendments, reached its peak of activity in the 1960's.