After the arrest of rosa parks martin luther king and some of his friends organized protests against bus segregation. it was decided that black people in Montgomery would refuse to use the buses until passengers were completely integrated. After this king was arrested and his house was set on fire.
For 13 mouths this went on for and the 17000 black people in Montgomery walked around or got a lift from the small car owning black population eventually the loss of revenue a decision made by the supreme court forced Montgomery bus companies to accept integration
In 1957 king joined with the reverend Ralph David Abernathy and Bayard rustin to form the southern Christian leadership conference . the new organisation was committed to using nonviolence in the struggle for civil rights and adopted the motto “not one hair one head of one person should be harmed”
Because of this group the other black following this group used the same methods of nonviolence
After the successful outcome of the Montgomery bus boycott king wrote stride toward freedom (1958) the book described what happened at Montgomery and explained kings views
King travelled the country making speeches and inspiring people to become involved in the civil rights movement as well advocating non-violent sit ins, king also urged economic boycotts similar to the one that happened at Montgomery. He argued that as African Americans made up 10% of the population they had considerable economic power
King always stressed the importance of the ballot. He argued that once all African Americans had the vote they would become an important political force. Although they were a minority, once the vote was organized, they could determine the result of presidential and state elections. This was illustrated by the African American support for john f Kennedy that helped give him a narrow victory in the 1960 election.