Protest in Montgomery

February 21, 2009
By Michael R. BRONZE, Cave Creek, Arizona
Michael R. BRONZE, Cave Creek, Arizona
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A special thing happened in December of '55
A black woman in Montgomery gave her race hope for a better life
She sat in a seat with a history exclusively of white
Refusing to stand up and move out of intimidation or fright

No punishment could take away what she had begun
A fire had been lit from the frustration of many, not just one
They vowed that the buses would run empty until changes had come
Thus started a protest in Montgomery

The protest went on for a month and a year
No color except white paid the fares over here
42,000 new members walked the hostile streets
Or carpooled in effort to stay away from the supremacist fleets

Now everyone didn't agree with the cause of the colored
Some tried to halt their progress with means of violence and murder
They terrified the minority with bombs and fire
Crosses strewn with flame were spread all over causing haywire

Many would have seceded, fled, or hid
Twas not the case for the blacks in their bid
Their bid for racial equality and freedom
Would not be jeopardized because cowards didn't want change in the kingdom

As time wore on and the protest only got more heated
The antagonists decided that the opponent could not be defeated
The efforts of thousands would not be denied
The misfits had overcome adversity and defied

The author's comments:
Had a civil rights project and the class had a choice to write a poem so I did. Not sure if my teacher loved it but my classmates did and told me to submit it.

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