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The Montgomery Bus Boycott Lesson starter: Write down what you know about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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The Montgomery Bus Boycott. Lesson starter: Write down what you know about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Today we will…. Understand the events that led to Rosa Parks’ arrest in Dec 1955 Examine why the bus boycott became a success for the Civil Rights movement. Who?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Montgomery Bus BoycottLesson starter:Write down what you know about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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Today we will…

• Understand the events that led to Rosa Parks’ arrest in Dec 1955

• Examine why the bus boycott became a success for the Civil Rights movement

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Who?• Rosa Parks, 42 year

old seamstress• From Montgomery,

Alabama• She had grown up in

a segregated society• She was a Civil

Rights Worker – worked for National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP)

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What happened?• In 1943, Rosa had

already experienced discrimination on Montgomery Buses

• December 1955, she was told to give up her seat for a white person and refused

• She was arrested• The NAACP decided

to encourage Black Americans to boycott the city’s buses

James F Blake, bus driver

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• The NAACP handed out 35,000 leaflets urging people to boycott buses

• 5 Dec onwards – boycott starts

• People walked, cycled and carpooled

• Terrible weather• Lasted for 381 days• Hundreds of buses

lay unused

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Rosa being arrested

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Empty buses

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Walking to work

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Why was the boycott so important?

1. 75% of bus users were Black – the bus company eventually had to give in and desegregated Montgomery Buses

2. The boycott lasted over a year – 381 days3. It showed the financial power of Black

people4. It created publicity for the Civil Rights

movement5. It inspired people to stand up for their

rights – after all, Rosa was just an ordinary woman

6. It gave the Civil Rights movement a leader – Martin Luther King who inspired the boycotters

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Video Clips

• Bus Boycott

• Rosa Parks

• Rosa Parks funeral (click link at top right)