The Montgomery Bus Boycott as a Women’s Movement for Dignity

Lecture Description

This lecture redefines the 1955-56 Montgomery Bus Boycott as a women’s movement for dignity and bodily integrity. African American women organized, led, and participated in the bus boycott in record numbers. Their complaints against the city’s buses and operators indicate that they wanted more than a better seat on the bus. Buses were sites of violence–both racial and sexual–for Black women, who made up the majority of the city’s riders. This lecture details how the boycott was rooted in demands for the protection of Black womanhood and resistance to sexual harassment and assault.


Civil Rights Women

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