Black History: Special Delivery!!
Many may be familiar with Montgomery Bus Boycott which lasted from December 1955 to December 1956; launched to protest the unfair treatment of blacks on public buses. But do you know about the Supreme Court case that ended the bus boycott? The Browder vs. Gayle law suit was filed by civil rights attorneys to protest segregation of public buses in Montgomery, Alabama. The plaintiffs in the law suit were: Claudette Colvin, Mary Louise Smith, Susie McDonald, Aurelia Browder, and Jeanette Reese. Jeanette Reese withdrew her participation due to receiving many threats. There was consideration as filing this lawsuit using Rosa Parks as the plaintiff. However, it was felt that the case might be delayed unnecessarily or even dropped. So it move forward with the other women instead.
In November 1956, a three judge panel declared that segregation of public transportation was unconstitutional. This was a big victory for the civil rights movement. Browder vs. Gayle followed the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling which declared that segregation of public schools as being unconstitutional. Read the article below for more info!
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