How and what stage did Martin Luther King become involved in the Montgomery Bus Boycott?
Martin Luther King became involved in the Montgomery bus boycott when African-American leaders across Montgomery decided to join the struggle for freedom on 4 December 1955. They all announced the boycott in their Sunday services (Miller 9). The following day, the boycott was on and it lasted for the next 381 days. On the second day of the boycott, King was elected the boycott’s leader. From this time onwards, King became a civil right activist for African-Americans.
From the above analysis, it would appear that King became involved in the boycott right from its initial stage. This is in relation to the fact that he was among the African-American leaders that organized the boycott. Then after organizing the boycott he went ahead to becoming the leader of the boycott for the 381 days it lasted.
Why did King praise the Federal court system over the State court system in the ongoing dispute?
In its decision over the Brown V. Board of education case, the Supreme Court in favor of “separate but equal” (King 1). In the Montgomery bus boycott case, the federal court system ruled that all the laws that required black people to give up their seats to white people violated the 14th amendment of the U.S constitution. Following this decision, King praised the federal court system for ruling in favor of Black people. The court ruled that it was unconstitutional to segregate Black people on the account of their race (Miller 18). In contrast, the state court system had ruled in favor of discriminatory policies. In the Montgomery bus boycott case, for example, the state court system had found Rosa Parks guilty of refusing to give up her seat to a White man and fined her $10 plus $4 for court charges.
King, Martin. Stride toward freedom. Web. http://www.wuhsd.org/cms/lib/ca01000258/centricity/domain/18/assignment_e10.pdf Accessed 13 April 2017.
Miller, Jake. The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Integrating Public Buses. New York: Rosen Publication Group, 2004.