Martin Luther King, Jr. used nonviolent conflict to bring changes to the civil rights movement. One example of this was the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He urged African Americans to not ride the buses in Montgomery, hoping that the boycott would cause a financial hardship for the bus system. African Americans were upset that they had to sit in the back of the bus and had to give up their seats in their section if a white person was standing because the white section was full. African Americans didn’t ride the buses in Montgomery for over a year until the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on buses was illegal.
Another example was the march from Selma to Montgomery to protest the use of discriminatory practices used when African Americans attempted to register to vote. American Americans were peacefully marching when the police attacked them on March 7, 1965, as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. This event was captured on film, sparking outrage in the country regarding how African Americans were being treated. Two days later, Dr. King led a symbolic march across the bridge and then stopped. Then, two weeks later, another march was successfully held going from Selma to Montgomery. Eventually, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed, which ended the use of poll taxes and literacy tests to register a person to vote. Federal workers also would be involved in registering the voters.