Hypothetical Southern White Reaction to the Distribution of the Montgommery Bus Boycott Leaflet

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This source was published just after, and is referring to, the arrest of Rosa May Parks on December 1st, 1955. Parks was arrested for refusing to move from her bus seat for a white passenger when asked to by the racist bus driver, James Blake. The two had met before in 1943 when Parks had boarded Blake?s bus from the front door, which was for whites only. Blake told Parks to exit the bus and re-enter from the rear door where she was supposed to but as Parks got off of the bus, Blake drove off leaving her to walk home. This defiance by Parks had created a major turning point in civil rights by sparking the start of the civil rights movement.

This source shows us what life was like for the black community, specifically black women, in the
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The NAACP?s aim of the boycott was to show its members and black people nationwide what was achievable if they acted together as a whole. Many black people took this message on board and started to act as a community.

At an early stage in the ?Montgomery Bus Boycott? Martin Luther King Jr. was asked, by the NAACP, to step in and lead the movement, to which he accepted. The ?Montgomery Bus Boycott? was King?s start in the civil rights movement to which he later became a role model. He was found leading the boycott by the police and was then arrested, as boycotts of any sort at that time were illegal. Many blacks and northern anti-segregation whites donated to the NAACP, which paid for King?s release. The NAACP also helped pay for legal fees for black people who were accused of crimes that they didn?t commit.

There were many pro segregation communities and groups during the boycott. Most southern whites were members of The Ku Klux Klan or the white councils. During the boycott the membership of the white councils doubled so that over a two month period the membership increased from six to twelve thousand members! Not all American communities were pro segregation though. President Truman, along with most northern whites and The American churches, both black and white, believed in anti-segregation. President Truman, who was a deeply racist man himself, knew that racism
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