We’ll read and discuss Jo Ann Robinson’s The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It this week. This first-hand account by one of the boycott’s leaders is a great opportunity to learn about this historic event as well as the kinds of work that made it both possible and successful.
It’s not a difficult book to read, or a long one, but it is a book. I recommend you space out your reading a little bit at a time over the next week.
We’ll read Chapters 1-6 in the Robinson book and discuss the readings in our collaborative discussion format. As always, prepare 3-5 questions or discussion prompts on the text. We’ll follow-up our discussion with a short lecture providing some more details and analysis of the boycott.
We’ll finish the Robinson book by reading Chapters 7-9. We’ll discuss them for part of class, in an informal discussion involving everyone. For the second half of class we’ll watch part of an episode of Eyes on the Prize, the now legendary documentary series from 1987, produced by PBS.
To help our discussion, I also ask you to read a one-page primary historical document, provided to you as DCR 5.
The below clip is of Thurgood Marshall being interviewed by journalist Mike Wallace in 1957, about three years after the Brown v. Board decision.