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It took 40,000 Black people walking to work for 381 days in Montgomery bus boycott and Rosa Parks to make history.

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The No. 2857 bus on which Rosa Parks was riding on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama when she was arrested for her refusal to give up her seat to a white person which sparked the Civil Rights Movement.

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The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

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While most people remember Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, they forget that the Montgomery Bus Boycott succeeded because of the participation of tens of thousands of ordinary people. These women and men risked their lives and jobs to keep the boycott alive. Many, like this woman, walked instead of riding the segregated buses.

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Bus boycott arrest photo of Nixon. Edgar Daniel Nixon (July 12, 1899 – February 25, 1987) was an African-American civil rights leader and union organizer who played a crucial role in organizing the landmark Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama in 1955. It highlighted the issues of segregation in the South, was upheld for more than a year by black residents, and nearly brought the city-owned bus system to bankruptcy.

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9 Things Women Couldn't Do In 1913 -- And 3 Things They Still Can't

Rosa Parks refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. She sought to play down her role in the civil rights struggle but for her peaceful and dignified campaigning she became one of the most well respected figures in the civil rights movements.

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Rosa Parks being fingerprinted during 1956 arrest for participation in the Montgomery bus boycott.

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Civil Rights Activist and English Professor, Jo Anne Gibson Robinson was a central figure in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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