Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Montgomery Boycott Arrests

55 years ago Feb 22, 1956
On Feb 20 white city leaders of Montgomery, AL issued an ultimatum to black organizers of the three-month old Montgomery Bus Boycott. They said if the boycott ended immediately there would be "no retaliation whatsoever". If it did not end, it was made clear they would begin arresting black leaders. Two days later, 80 well-known boycotters, including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr and E.D. Nixon marched to the sheriff's office in the county courthouse, where they gave themselves up for arrest. They were booked, fingerprinted and photographed. The next day the story was carried by newspapers all over the world.

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