Summarize the feelings of the people involved in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that a variety of emotions could be ascribed to the brave individuals who initiated and saw through the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  On one hand, I would say that anxiety would have had to be a feeling experienced at the time. The very idea of standing on this threshold of what was to be done, the magnitude of it, and the massive repercussions it was to cause had a galvanizing effect, but some anxiousness must have been present.  When Rosa Parks fails to surrender her seat, she is resolute, but there must have been a small amount of anxiety knowing what was to come.  Certainly, Dr. King, in his first major and national role as a figure for Civil Rights, must have experienced some level of anxiety with knowing the success of the movement was going to be credited to him or its failures would be laid at his doorstep.  I would think that some level of anxiety would also be associated with the many who supported the Boycott, the first one of its kind of such a massive and powerful scale.  The idea of people of color rising in opposition was something of fundamental anxiety.  After decades of second class treatment under segregation laws, any group of human beings who are seeking to redress such socially and institutionally embedded wrongs would experience anxiety.  It is here were I think that some experience of the feeling of anxiety would play a major role in the emotional construction of those involved in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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