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The Boycott Essay

  • Submitted by: MadsHolm96
  • on November 19, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 403 words

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The boycott of the busses in Montgomery
Rosa L. Parks was 40 years old, when she one day in 1995 sat down in the back of the bus in Montgomery, on her way home from a day of hard work as sewing machinist in one of Alabama’s textile factories. At the next bus stop, a white man came down through the aisle of the bus, which was filled with travellers. The local laws required back then – in 1995 – not just that the black people should sit in the back of the bus, but also that a Negro should stand up, if a white demanded the seat. This was what now happened. The little black woman looked up. “No”, she said. The bus driver meddled in with authority in the case and demanded the same. “No”, Rosa L. Parks said. When two officers from Montgomery’s police department arrived to the place, they handcuffed her, and took her to the police station, put her in prison and finally she was sentenced a fine on 10 dollars. “No”, Rosa L. Parks said. Her stubbornness and repeated “no’s” released a 381 days boycott by the black people of the busses of Montgomery, which at last was close to be declared bankrupt.   Her case was send through the whole judicial system, until the Supreme Court finally gave her the 10 dollars back.   That brought a, until then, unknown black pastor in the town, a certain Martin Luther King, in the front of the row fighting for the civil rights. Rosa L. Parks was well aware of what she did, and had decided that it was the only way she could demonstrate that she would not tolerate being treated as an expelled after the humiliating rules of the racial laws. In other words she was an activist after time’s conditions. If you study the circumstances closer, you see that the boycott of the busses also started in the southern states, before Rosa L. Parks refused to stand up, and that there were considerable troubles, before pastor Martin Luther King was known in Montgomery. But of course it is historical correct that it was her stubbornness, which released the first...

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