Tuesday, March 22, 2011

On March 22

On this day in ...
... 1956 (55 years ago today) an Alabama court convicted Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. of organizing African Americans in Montgomery to engage in a boycott of buses. The 27-year-old civil rights leader received a $500 fine -- converted into a 386-day jail sentence that was suspended pending appeal. The 17-week-old boycott would last till December of the same year. (image credit) It ended following the issuance in November of Browder v. Gayle, 352 U.S. 903, a Supreme Court judgment that outlawed segregation in public transportation.

(Prior March 22 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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