montgomerybusboycott-1955

An early shot of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1955, the same period when Willie Evans was playing ball at the University of Buffalo. Rosa Parks and the women of Montgomery’s black community kicked off the boycott by refusing to sit in the back of city buses – which meant everyone had to walk or catch a ride. This is the campaign that launched Martin Luther King, Jr. as a national civil rights leader. The white businessmen of Montgomery held out for a year, and then they caved like a castle in the sand. But the work was only beginning, as we know. (uncredited news photo)

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