Black History: Special Delivery!!
60 years ago today the Montgomery Bus Boycott was launched on December 5, 1955. It was just days after Rosa Parks was arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger.
Blacks refused to ride the buses. They car pooled and walked to work. And they did it for 381 Days!! The boycott financially crippled the transit system in Montgomery as blacks represented a large portion of the ridership.
So while some would like to think hearts were softened and minds were opened; what brought about the change was the ECONOMIC IMPACT. A disenfranchised, group without much individual power, collectively shut down city finances.
Keep in mind there we no Twitter, no Facebook, no fax machines or other social media. The bus was the primary transportation for MANY! Yet they made this huge sacrifice.
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