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5,000 at Meeting Outline Boycott; Bullet Clips Bus
A newspaper article about the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, that started the day of Rosa Parks's court date

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Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. Was Born
January 15, 1929

During that same year, 1955, civil rights activists asked King, the young, newly married pastor of a Montgomery, Alabama, church, to lead a bus boycott aimed at ending segregation (a separation of facilities by race) on public transportation in Montgomery. The boycott was initiated by the refusal of a woman named Rosa Parks to give up her bus seat to a white passenger; she was arrested. For more than a year, African Americans, a majority of the bus riders in the city, stayed off the bus in protest of Parks's arrest. Finally the boycott brought about the desegregation King and the protesters sought when, in December 1956, the Supreme Court banned segregation on public transportation, and the boycott ended.
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