Rosa Parks, part 2

Here’s the magnificent Diane McWhorter on the significance of the Montgomery bus boycott:

…the boycott represented a quantum shift in black emancipation. It was the passing of the torch from the mandarins of the NAACP, whose lawyers had tried to dismantle segregation statute by statute, to the ordinary bus riders, the “little people” now taking charge of their own destinies.

The piece is more of a nuanced history lesson than an obituary of Rosa Parks, but it’s still a great read.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation, RogerEbert.com, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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