Rosa Parks and the bus boycott on December 1st 1955 Rosa Parks a 40 year old african-american woman was walking to the bus stop after a long day but little did Rosa know that this was the day she would start the Montgomery bus boycott Rosa Parks sat down in the bus picked up more passengers including several white people some of them found a seat but one did not so James Blake the bus driver said let me have them front seats and everyone got up but Rosa Parks Roza was found guilty and paid a $14 fine a group called the Montgomery Improvement Association heard of her arrest and got together with their leader Martin Luther King jr. together they organized a bus boycott the boycott lasted 381 days until segregation was declared unconstitutional whose effect received many medals and awards for her courage you