Today in Black History: June 17, 1957

Brief History of Tuskegee

Today, in 1957, the Tuskegee Boycott began. Blacks boycotted city stores to protest against the law that withheld blacks from town voting. Blacks believed that they were not allowed to vote because their homes were strategically placed outside of city limits. Although, Alabama had a black majority, whites owned the businesses and town offices. Blacks started a voter registration drive at Tuskegee Institute. Once the voter registration drive received some success, the Alabama legislatures rezoned the town, which placed the Tuskegee Institute outside the town of Tuskegee. Blacks decided to travel to the town of Montgomery to buy clothes, food, and other necessities. The four-year boycott resulted in the whites having economic hardship, the Supreme Court ruling in favor of blacks being able to vote, and the town being rezoned back to the way it was before.

To actually view a newspaper clip about the Tuskegee Boycott click here!


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