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Alabama 1956 Im doing my report on events that accured in Alabama in 1956 directly referring to civil rights and the struggles that Black-Americans faced in 1956 The two events that Im going to concentrate on are the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the integration of students at the University of Alabama On the 1st of December 1955 Mrs Rosa Parks a African-American seamstress was arrested in Montgomery Alabama for not standing and letting a white bus rider take her seat It was an established rule in the American south at that time that African-Americans riders had to sit at the back of the bus African-American riders were also expected to surrender their seat to a white bus rider if it was needed When asked to move to let a white bus rider be seated Mrs Parks refused She did not argue and she did not move The police were called and Mrs Parks was arrested Mrs Parkd was not the first African-American to be arrested for this crime But she was the first to be arrested who was well know in the Montgomery African-American community She was once the secretary to the president of the NAACP National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Dr Martin Luther King Jr was pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery He and other African-American community leaders felt a protest of some kind was needed A meeting was called and an overflowing crowd came to the church to hear his words Dr King told the crowd that the only way they could fight back would be to boycott the bus company On the morning of December 5 the African-American residents of the city refused to use the buses
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