As a result of the brown decision the south was in a

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As a result of the Brown decision, the South was in a state of outrage. Many Southerners were determined to defend their customs and traditions and some whites increased acts of intimidation and violence in an effort to deter African-Americans from further challenging the segregationist system. One such act of violence was the gruesome murder of fourteen-year-old Emmet Till by two white men in the small town of Money, Mississippi in the summer of 1955. Young Till was only visiting Mississippi for the summer. He did not realize the possible dire consequences of flirting with a white woman in the south. Photos of the young man’s body published after the funeral and the outcome of the trial incensed the nation and helped to incite support and participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Montgomery Bus Boycott In December 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her actions inspired other blacks in Montgomery to support a mass boycott of city buses for 381 days known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott . Following the stand made by Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), a 26-year-old Baptist minister, became the spokesperson of the non-violent bus boycott. After a year of refusing to ride the buses, blacks gained the right to sit anywhere on a public bus when a Supreme Court ruled segregation on city buses illegal. The victory helped inspire further protests across the country and helped to catapult Dr. King into a position of national prominence and the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Desegregation at Little Rock In 1957, Integration of Little Rock's Central High School was attempted by nine black students. The city's school board had voted for the integration following the Brown decision. Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas ordered National Guard troops to turn away the nine students and prevent integration of the school. After two weeks of protest, President Eisenhower

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