|The bus system rules in Montgomery in 1955
were a humiliation repeated daily. Black people,
who comprised 75% of the ridership,
had to sit at the back of the bus, give up their
seats to any white rider, and board and exit
through the back door.
|Travel guides, circa 1955, listed hotels and
restaurants where blacks were welcomed – where
they could “vacation without humiliation”.
|Segregated drinking fountains were a mystery
from a child’s point of view. Many snuck a
drink, convinced that the “other” water would
be actually white or colored, and taste different.