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The women who masterminded the Montgomery Bus Boycott

todayJanuary 17, 2024

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The women who masterminded the Montgomery Bus Boycott

The Montgomery bus boycott lasted from December of 1955 through December of 1956. What people often remember of that moment in history is that when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, it sparked a bus boycott that was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But what that retelling leaves out are all the women who organized for years to make that boycott a reality and who helped sustain it for 13 long months.

On this episode, we’re hearing directly from those women, from Parks to Claudette Colvin to Coretta Scott King. They share the behind-the-scenes story of how they organized one of the biggest, most successful boycotts in U.S. history.

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