On March 10, 1903, African American leaders assembled at the First Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas and demanded the halt of legislative efforts aimed at segregating streetcars.
The Streetcar Segregation Act, adopted by the Arkansas legislature in 1903, had assigned African-American and white passengers to “separate but equal” sections of streetcars.
Such protest meetings usually fell on deaf ears in the Arkansas General Assembly since no Black lawmakers remained in the legislature after post-Reconstruction disfranchisement.
To reach the streetcar company directly, they organized a boycott and “we walk” league.
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Learn more in the Zinn Education Project national report, “Erasing the Black Freedom Struggle: How State Standards Fail to Teach the Truth About Reconstruction,” and find teaching resources on Reconstruction below.