by Rick Ferguson

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Series: A Solid Place to Stand: A Doctrinal Survey Of The Book Of Romans
Rick Ferguson
Romans 13:1-7


Rosa Parks . . .

In 1955, Montgomery Alabama had a municipal law that required black citizens to ride in the back of the city's buses. On December 1st of that year, Mrs. Rosa Parks, a forty-two year old seamstress boarded a city bus and sat in the fifth row (the first row of seats in the ''black section'' of the bus) with three other black passengers. When some white men got on the bus, the driver, James F. Blake ordered Mrs. Parks and the other African-American passengers to give up their seats. According to the law, blacks and whites could not occupy the same row. Three of the black passengers got up but Mrs. Parks refused. She did not argue, but she did not get up. The bus driver called the police, and she was arrested for not giving up her seat for a white man.

That act of righteous defiance set off a chain of events that became known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. He along with Rev. Ralph Abernathy and two other black pastors gave leadership to the boycott, which lasted for nearly a year. City bus receipts indicate Montgomery lost 90% of their usual black ridership.

Dr. King was arrested and indicted on conspiracy charges using an ''Anti-boycott'' law in Alabama. Both he and Rev. Abernathy's homes were bombed in January and February of 1956.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It was 1963, nine years since Rosa Parks had refused to sit in the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and nearly as long since the Freedom Riders made their harrowing journeys on Greyhound and Trailways buses to challenge segregated seating. A group of civil rights leaders--- Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young and others in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference had gathered in the downtown Birm ...

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