Students from preschool through high school learn that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in Montgomery, the buses were desegregated, and the Civil Rights Movement was launched. This traditional narrative of the Montgomery Bus Boycott creates the illusion that it was a spontaneous response to Rosa Parks' courageous act of civil disobedience. This, however, discounts the strategic brilliance, bravery, and perseverance of the African American community in Montgomery.
Below are books and a film for learning and teaching about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that help put Rosa Parks and the boycott in the context of a greater struggle for social justice. Find more resources at Teaching About the Montgomery Bus Boycott.