Rosa parks and the montgomery bus boycott rosa parks rode at the front of a montgomery alabama bus on the day the supreme courts ban on segregation of the citys buses took effect a year earlier she had been arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. The montgomery bus boycott was a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of montgomery alabamait was a seminal event in the civil rights movementthe campaign lasted from december 5 1955 the monday after rosa parks an african american woman was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person to . Sparked by the arrest of rosa parks on 1 december 1955 the montgomery bus boycott was a 13 month mass protest that ended with the us supreme court ruling that segregation on public buses is unconstitutional the montgomery improvement association mia coordinated the boycott and its president martin luther king jr became a prominent civil rights leader as international attention . Rosa parks was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in montgomery alabama her defiance sparked the montgomery bus boycott its
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