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During the first half of the twentieth century segregation was the way of life in the south It was an excepted and even though it was morally wrong it still went on as if there was nothing wrong at all African-Americans were treated as if they were a somehow sub-human they were treated because of the color of their skin that somehow someway they were different In the south it was almost impossible to find any aspect of life that was not segregated The schools were segregated and the restaurants were segregated There was Colored Only bathrooms and Colored Only drinking fountains and segregation was definitely present in public transportation Martin Luther King Jr could not have said it better when he addressed the massive crowd at the first meeting of Montgomery Improvement Association and said we are here we are here because we are tired now1 On December 1 1955 Rosa Parks a seamstress who lived in Montgomery Al refused to give her seat up to a white man who had nowhere to sit on the bus Because she would not move to the back of the bus she was arrested for violating the Alabama bus segregation laws Rosa was thrown in jail and fined fourteen dollars Enraged by Mrs Parks arrest the black community of Montgomery united together and organized a boycott of the bus system until the city buses were integrated The black men and women stayed of the buses until December 20 1956 almost thirteen months after the boycott their goal was reached The Montgomery Bus Boycott can be considered a major turning point in the Civil Rights Movement because it made Martin Luther King Jr public leader in the movement starting point for non-violent protest as an effective tool in the fight for civil rights showed that African-Americans united for a cause could stand up to segregation Being president of the Montgomery Improvement Association taught Martin
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