AADS 2484 Focus on Civil Rights: The Montgomery Bus Boycott (Spring: 3 )
This course dissects the 382-day bus boycott by Montgomery, Alabama's black residents. Though not the first protest of its kind, it introduced two iconic figures to the national stage: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. Four simple questions provide the foundation for the class, but the answers are unexpectedly complicated: What "law" did Parks violate? Why did Montgomery's black residents rally around Parks' 1955 arrest? How did Rev. King become the boycott's "voice" and "face," even though he was a relative newcomer to the city? How did this lengthy boycott change Montgomery's black community in the short term?
Instructor(s): Karen Miller
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Last Updated: 29-Sep-17