‘Assess the short term significance of the Montgomery Bus Boycott’ Plan:
The Boycott would be significant in the short term if it inspired further Black activism or gave rise to a strong leader like MLK, broke down Segregation laws in Montgomery in terms of bus segregation and if it affected segregation in other areas. Did it affect white/federal support-was there any?. Paragraph 1: Black activism
It was significant, emergence of MLK, first grass roots protest, first successful mass peaceful protest, however- Mark Newman “did not spark a mass movement” cites SCLC’s early ineffectiveness as proof. Support from the north, A.Phillip Randolph gave financial support. Inspired similar successful bus boycotts in 20 Southern cities. Inspired the freedom rides in Montgomery.
MLK campaigned for parks to be integrated in Montgomery, evidence of further activism. Paragraph 2: Segregation
Montgomery buses desegregated.
The loss of $1 million pushed white businessmen to work against segregation. However in Montgomery the rest of the city remained segregated, eg the parks- see source “city commission” Paragraph 3: Federal?/white support
Virginia Durr- posted bail for Rosa Parks in 1955
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