Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Desegregating Montgomery’s Buses
December 12, 2011

December marks anniversaries of both the foundation of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and the successful conclusion of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Begun in December 1955, the year-long campaign resulted in the desegregation of the city bus system of Montgomery, Alabama, provided one of the most memorable examples of direct action demonstrations in the history of the United States, and vaulted Dr. King into the national spotlight as the leader of the civil rights movement.

Here are some other major highlights of the boycott:

"Don't Ride The Bus" leaflet.
Listen to Dr. King's Address to the First MIA Mass Meeting.
Read the "Integrated Bus Suggestions" distributed by the MIA following the integration of city buses.

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