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What role did Martin Luther Kings play in the Montgomery bus boycott?

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What role did Martin Luther Kings play in the Montgomery bus boycott?

In December Of 1955, a boycott of the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama took place which was to shape the future for black civil rights. As head of the MIA, an organisation formed to lead the Montgomery bus boycott, Martin Luther King played a vital role in this seminal event. But was he a leader or was he lead? Before the protest, king was an unrecognised face in Montgomery and on moving to the town, he had no plans to become involved in the civil rights movement.

As a Boy, Martin Luther King Jr, grew up and attended a segregated school in Atlanta, Georgia. This segregated up bringing provided King with a strong driving force for the fight for black rights. He recalled his white friend's father demanding that he would no longer play with him. 'For the first time, I was made aware of the existence of a race problem.' Both King's parents were NAACP activists who were strongly involved in the church, because of this, King could see how the church and NAACP strengthened the black community.

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