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Headline from Montgomery Advertiser, December 6, 1955.
Headline from the Montgomery Advertiser, December 6, 1955

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Rosa Parks Was Arrested for Civil Disobedience
December 1, 1955

Parks's arrest was followed by a one-day bus boycott on her court date. To successfully challenge segregated public transport, however, the NAACP knew it needed continued action. The new pastor at the local Dexter Avenue Baptist Church became the leader of the boycott. His name was Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. King insisted on nonviolent action to achieve the goal of justice. "We must use the weapon of love," he said. In December 1956, the Supreme Court banned segregation on public transportation, and the boycott ended over a year after it had begun. Rosa Parks became known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," honored with awards around the world. In her situation, would you have done what Rosa Parks did?
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