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The Montgomery Bus Boycott

            The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a year-long protest in Montgomery, Alabama. It influenced the American Civil Rights Movement and led to a 1956 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States which made segregated seating on buses unconstitutional. There were three effects that the Montgomery Bus Boycott had on the Civil Rights movement. One important effect was the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. who showed that nonviolent protest can succeed. Another effect was the unification of schools and universities that went against the segregation by participating in "sit-ins". The third effect was the Civil Rights Laws that made segregation illegal. These were the three effects that the Montgomery Bus Boycott had on the civil rights movement. .
             One important leader who contributed to the Montgomery Bus Boycott was Martin Luther King Jr. He had a big impact on the desegregation of the United States in the 1960. King started his activities in 1955 when he protested Montgomery's bus system. The protest was started when an African American woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person. She said "I was just plain tired and my feet hurt."(King). After her arrest, all African Americans were told to boycott the bus system. "They formed a secret group called the Montgomery Improvement Association and elected Martin as their leader." (Cameron). The group chose to use nonviolent action to spread the word. On Monday December 5 none of the African Americans used the buses, but instead used alternate transportation. The group protest succeeded. Soon the busses no longer had segregated rules. This was one of the effects that the Montgomery Bus Boycott had on the Civil Rights movement. .
             In the early 60s schools and universities across the country worked together to get equal rights. The success in Montgomery influenced black students to show that inequalities still existed by participating in what was called the "sit-ins".

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