Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience played a very important role in the civil rights movement, it caused the world to take notice of their cause. The movement may have not been as big as it was without these acts. Some of these acts were the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the sit-ins.

Montgomery Bus Boycott

On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up to a white man and was then arrested. The Montgomery  Women’s Political Council decided to have a bus boycott on the day of Rosa Parks trial, and because of the good outcome, they continued this boycott for a year (Keene, 772). Martin Luther King Jr came to be the true leader of this protest, advocating for nonviolence. They believed that the buses would not survive without African Americans paying to ride them, and eventually, they would stop the practice of segregating transportation. They had a couple demands of the city: allow first come first serve seating, and hire black bus drivers. These were denied, so they proceeded to go through with their plan. 42 stops were developed throughout the city, and volunteers would go pick up these people. People began bombing these points, which only gave more coverage to their efforts. Due to these acts, the MIA (Montgomery Improvement Association) decided to add desegregation of the buses to their list of demands.


After the desegregation of schools, the focus moved to other places, like lunch counters and department stores. James Lawson started workshops to help college students with being able to perform these nonviolent tasks. He believed that violence would never have positive results. The sit-in that drew the most attention was one that occurred in 1960. Four college students decided to go sit at an all-white lunch counter in North Carolina. This put the sit-in movement in full swing. Churches and schools all over the south were sending people to various locations to sit even after they were refused service. Nashville Police ended up arresting Lawson’s group, and the lawyer that represented them had his home bombed.


These few acts led to great achievements in rights for African Americans. Although not directly related to these two events, schools were finally desegregated, and the federal government was backing the children that were being integrated into the previously all-white schools. This was done through the Brown V. Board of Education case. Buses ended up being completely desegregated, and they were allowed to sit wherever they wanted on a bus without being forced to move. It also caused the lunch counters to be open to all people as well. Without the actions of those heroic people, people would not have the rights that they do now.



Keene, Jennifer. Visions of America: A History of the United States, 2017. Print.

9 thoughts on “Civil Disobedience

  1. This blog was incredibly well written. Do you support nonviolent civil disobedience or all civil disobedience? Do you think that people should always resort to civil disobedience or should it be a last ditch effort? When do you think it is acceptable? It is obvious that civil disobedience played a huge role in the civil rights movement. I fully support people that want change to get involved and really advocate for it, but do you think that people sometimes take it too far? Do you think it could be used against them if they take it too far? My concern is with violent civil disobedience. If people think of their adversaries as the aggressors, then it could reinforce their ideologies and essentially backfire. I think in this case, civil disobedience was done the right way, forcing people to come to terms with their prejudice.

    1. I support nonviolent civil disobedience as it is causing no harm to others. Violence is just adding more tension to the situation that could’ve went without. I think that civil disobedience is one of those things that should be used as a plan B persay, as I see it as a way to grab people’s attention. I agree that sometimes it can be taken too far, but sometimes it’s needed. I do think that at that point, people will most likely see a more negative image of these groups.

  2. MEGAMSYROEIK, your article on civil disobedience was very well written, you did well by putting so much info in this post for such a short read, especially how you stated the main/ most important protest moments in this post like Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat which started a big protest led by Martin Luther King Jr, to the sit-ins at an North Carolina college that spared out ward to other places and all the protests results. On the topic of civil disobedience, how do you think protest of such back then is compared to Civil disobedience protest today? Thank you for the grate article.

  3. I found that your piece on Civil Disobedience was well written, and informative. This era of Civil Rights was definetly touching; especially the major protest movements, such as Rosa Parks refusing to relinquish her seat on the bus to a white person. I agree that the results brought us a long way as a society in that freedoms have been extended to all persons despite the color of their skin. However, recent events in the news have us working harder to ensure that those freedoms are absolute.

  4. Really liked your post about two types of Civil Disobedience, during the civil rights era. The focus on making the country safer for African Americans and other people in the south helped to make things easier when it came from transitioning from the old ways to the new. Even through the bloodshed, Americans persevered toward the common goal in the end.

  5. MEGAMSYROEIK I really liked how your blogg was set up, very easy to understand and read. you gave very descriptive detail and I could just picture African American sitting on the lunch counters. Its was a huge accomplishment for us to finally desegregate schools, but its weird to think things are still segregated, there just isn’t signs saying no blacks.

  6. Ok so I just have to talk about how you said “Martin Luther King Jr. became the true leader of the Civil Rights Movement.” I’m wondering if he is the face of Civil Rights Movement just because he was a man and a pastor? Was there segregation within the Black community because of gender? Rosa Parks, as a Black Woman on the segregated south, should get way more credit than she does. Because not only was she segregated because of being black, but because she was a woman. I’m not saying that King Jr. does not deserve the credit because he totally does, but I think we need to give more credit towards the Black Women of that era.

    1. I had a similar question when analyzing the blog post for class. I’m sure there are a lot of women even besides Rosa Parks who played an extremely important role in Civil Rights and did not receive full credit for which they deserve. MLK Jr. was a truly inspirational speaker and activist, yet I feel there is more to the true story behind Civil Rights than what we generally find in a history book.

  7. Great work! Really well written bit on civil disobedience. The protests that were sparked by actions of people such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and James Lawson greatly increased rights of African Americans at the time. I that the use of non-violent protest greatly aided their cause in these cases.

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