The Legacy of MLK Martin Luther King, Jr. is interviewed shortly after the end of the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, and emphasizes the importance of non-violent protest.
This video celebrates the achievement of one woman's bold action of standing up by remaining seated. Rosa Parks, a 42 year old working woman on Dec. 1, 1955, was arrested for not moving from her seat on a public bus for a white man. One year and one day later, after a bus boycott led by the SCLC and Dr. MLK, public transportation laws were changed and blacks received equal rights while riding on public transportation. It was a great feat for African Americans, and it all started with Rosa Parks. This is a thank you to the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
The footage you are about to see is unforgettable, even unimaginable.
Both BBC News and CBS News extensively covered the American Civil Rights movement, from the 1955-1956 Montgomery bus boycott to the student-led sit-ins of the 1960s to the huge March on Washington in 1963. Rare footage includes Freedom Summer, Malcolm X and Black Power, and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
With a far-ranging selection of powerful, often wrenching images, our footage captures the danger, drama, and bravery of the civil rights movement. Visit www.bbcmotiongallery.com for more of this dramatic footage.
Elaine Steele, a close friend of Rosa Parks, describes Parks's decision to stay seated that momentous evening that started the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
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In which John Green teaches you about the early days of the Civil Rights movement. By way of providing context for this, John also talks a bit about wider America in the 1950s. The 1950s are a deeply nostalgic period for many Americans, but there is more than a little idealizing going on here. The 1950s were a time of economic expansion, new technologies, and a growing middle class. America was becoming a suburban nation thanks to cookie-cutter housing developments like the Levittowns. While the white working class saw their wages and status improve, the proverbial rising tide wasn't lifting all proverbial ships. A lot of people were excluded from the prosperity of the 1950s. Segregation in housing and education made for some serious inequality for African Americans. As a result, the Civil Rights movement was born. John will talk about the early careers of Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and even Earl Warren. He'll teach you about Brown v Board of Education, and the lesser known Mendez vs Westminster, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and all kinds of other stuff.
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