The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Moments In Civil Rights History

The December 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks sparked a boycott against the segregated bus system in Montgomery, Alabama. Originally planned to last one day, the boycott lasted more than a year. Organizers filed a federal lawsuit challenging Montgomery’s segregated buses. On November 13th, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that public bus segregation was unconstitutional and ordered Montgomery buses to integrate.