Struggle continues• Just because the Brown v. Board of Education case had been won did not mean that African- Americans got equality immediately.
Struggle continues• In August, 1955, an African-American boy was killed for talking to a white woman.
Struggle continues• When the jury found his killer innocent, a number of protests broke out in many southern cities.
Bus Ride• In December, 1955, a seamstress named Rosa Parks was heading home from a day of work to her home in Montgomery, Alabama. Alabama
Bus Ride• Because the buses of Montgomery were segregated she took a seat in the rear of the bus in the section that was supposed to be for African-Americans.
Bus Ride• When a white man got on the bus, the driver, who had police power to do so, ordered Parks to get up from her seat so the white man could sit there.
Bus Ride• She refused and was arrested for not giving up her seat.
Bus Ride• Almost immediately, throughout Montgomery, African-Americans began to talk to one another about what their response to this should be.
Bus Ride• They decided that the best way to handle it was to boycott, or refuse, to ride the public bus lines, choosing instead to walk to work or take taxis.
Bus Ride• This decision meant a heavy financial loss for the city’s bus system and, a year later, led to the Supreme Court of the United States stating that Alabama’s segregation laws were unconstitutional.
Bus Ride• One of the leaders of this movement was the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who quickly now became a leader for change in the African- American community.