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Inside the Montgomery Bus Boycott- My Personal Story by Uriah Fields

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Only an insider who felt the pulse and shared the collective agony of those boycotting buses in Montgomery can give an eye-witness account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. "Inside the Montgomery Bus Boycott-My Personal Story" is that account. After the arrest of Rosa Parks who refused to give her bus seat to a white man, Uriah J. Fields, Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, Edgar D. Nixon and fourteen other persons founded the Montgomery Improvement Association to spearhead a bus boycott. Fields was the original secretary of the MIA. African Americans ended the 382-day long bus boycott and returned to riding integrated buses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alabama's segregation laws were unconstitutional. What happened during the boycott and in the early days of bus desegregation that included die-hard segregationists bombing of four churches and two parsonages in the wee hours of the morning of January 10,1957 is the matter of this book. Fields was the pastor of one of those bombed churches that was rebuilt under his leadership.