Segregation between black and
• Montgomery is the state capital of Alabama.
• It was one of the most racially segregated cities in the USA
during the 1950s.
• In Montgomery, it was the law that black people travelling on
the buses could not sit at the front, even if the seats were not
occupied. If all the seats at the front were occupied for the
white people sitting on the bus, a black person would have to
get up off their seats at the back and give it up to a white
person. Black people had to pay their fares at the top of the
bus and enter at the back. If a black person did not obey they
were fined and jailed.
• “…when the history books are written in the future, somebody
will have to say, ‘There lived a race of people, a black people …
who had the moral courage to stand up for their rights. And
thereby they injected a new meaning into the veins of history
and of civilization.‘”
• —Martin Luther King, Jr., December 5, 1955
• Who was Martin Luther King?
• How were black people treated during the 1950s?
• Who was the lady who would not give up her seat on the bus?
• What did Martin Luther King do for the Montgomery Bus
Boycott in 1956?
• How was Martin Luther King treated by white people?
• Was the Montgomery Bus Boycott successful?
• What Bill was passed in 1964?
• What happened to Martin Luther King?
• Can you see any similarities between Martin Luther King and
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