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The Montgomery bus boycott changed the way people lived and reacted to each other The American civil rights movement began a long time ago as early as the seventeenth century with blacks and whites all protesting slavery together The peak of the civil rights movement came in the 1950s starting with the successful bus boycott in Montgomery Alabama The civil rights movement was lead by Dr Martin Luther King Jr who preached nonviolence and love for your enemy Love your enemies we do not mean to love them as a friend or intimate We mean what the Greeks called agape-a disinterested love for all mankind This love is our regulating ideal and beloved community our ultimate goal As we struggle here in Montgomery we are cognizant that we have cosmic companionship and that the universe bends toward justice We are moving from the black night of segregation to the bright daybreak of joy from the midnight of Egyptian captivity to the glittering light of Canaan freedom explained Dr King In the Cradle of the Confederacy life for the white and the colored citizens was completely segregated Segregated schools restaurants public water fountains amusement parks and city buses were part of everyday life in Montgomery Alabama Every person operating a bus line should provide equal accommodationsin such a manner as to separate the white people from Negroes On Montgomerys buses black passengers were required by city law to sit in the back of the segregated bus Negroes were required to pay their fare at the front of the bus then get off and reboard from the rear of the bus The front row seats were reserved for white people which left the back of the bus or no mans land for the blacks There was no sign declaring the seating arrangements of the buses but everyone knew them The Montgomery bus boycott started one
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