Soc 134 03062008

Soc 134 03062008 - Dan Homstad soc 134 3/6/08 Montgomery...

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Dan Homstad soc 134 3/6/08 Montgomery Bus Boycott Rosa Parks: 1913-2005 How is the story of Rosa Parks presented in Mighty Times different from the one you might have grown up. 15 year-old Claudette Colvin, a member of Parks’ youth activist group, made the first attempt at challenging the segregation of Montgomery’s busses. She was arrested for refusing to give up her seat 9 months before Parks was. Community leaders wanted to use Colvin as their test plaintiff until it was discovered that she had become pregnant out of wedlock. After the beginning of the boycott community leaders were still looking for a good test case to take through the courts… Browder v Gayle 1956 The case that actually caused the Supreme Court ruling that invalidated segregation on the Montgomery buses. Browder was a civil case, filed in Montgomery by the same activists that spearheaded the bus boycott. Rosa Parks was not a plaintiff in the case because, since her arrest she would have had to appeal through the criminal courts Browder was filed on behalf of housewife Aurelia Browder, Susie Macdonald, Mary Louise Smith and
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course SOC 134 taught by Professor Shoemaker during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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