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This week we saw the documentary Eyes on the Prize Volume 1 There was two parts to the documentary Awakenings and Fighting Back In 1955-1956 there was a boycott of public transportation in effect because of the segregation On December 1 1955 Rosa Parks was arrested by Montgomery police for violating a local segregation ordinance by refusing to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man The goal was to desegregate the buses running in the city At first it started out as a very local activity that didnt interest the nation The end of the 11-month boycott has brought the civil rights movement brought under the spotlight A very young Dr Martin Luther King Jr led the boycott in Montgomery Alabama The strike crippled the bus companies but the white segregationists were very persistent They would not allow desegregation Other cities like Dallas Texas and Little Rock Arkansas broke down and desegregated under economic and Black pressure but Montgomery Alabama wouldnt budge White women were very sympathetic to Black women and gave them rides in the car In 1956 the Supreme Court of the US declared segregation in buses unconstitutional Montgomery Alabama was forced to desegregate The infamous Reverend William Carter said Desegregation is against the Bible The issue was desegregation of the public school system The Supreme Court decision of Brown VS Board of Education in 1954 reversed the earlier decision of the Plessy VS Ferguson and stated Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal This decision sends a firestorm through the heart of both Black and White America This meant that the public schools had to integrate In the peaceful town of Little Rock Arkansas the issue was raised in 1957 when nine Black teens attempted to go to Central High School which was not integrated and had no intention to integrate Governor Orval Faubas ordered state troops to stop the nine kids from attending the school
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