THE MONTGOMERY BUS PROTESTS 1955 - 1956:
by WALLY G. VAUGHN
Sam Chekwas, Editor
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Seaburn Books (November 2013)
ISBN: 1592323693 / Paperback
1592323707 / Hardcover
For over fifty years it has been asserted that the Montgomery bus protest resulted from spontaneous reaction. Primary sources (letters, journals, speeches, and interviews from December 1955 - December 1956) reveal that the Montgomery bus protest was girded by strategic planning. A female master mind in the person of Jo Ann Robinson strategized the entire affair, including the recruitment of Rosa Parks as a participant.
People of African descent in Montgomery had been laboring to address public conveyance issues for nearly two decades. A master mind devised a strategy and recruited a young Negro attorney and Rosa Parks to assist her in addressing the bus situation. E. D. Nixon accidentally learned of the arrest of Parks, Thursday evening, December 1, and posted her bail. His unexpected involvement brought a dimension to the planned affair not anticipated by the master mind.
Nixon’s presence precipitated numerous fresh turns of events between Thursday evening’s arrest and Friday morning; however, the master mind maintained control and kept Nixon on the fringes. On Saturday, December 3, the master mind engineered the election of young pastor, Martin Luther King, Jr., to be the president of a new local organization that was to be formed. The master mind was a member of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. As president of the MIA, King the philosopher unveiled a dynamic, new philosophical model that kept Negroes inspired for over a year. He rose to universal fame while the master mind, whose identity was concealed from the oppressor because of safety concerns, guided things quietly from behind the scenes
without public recognition. The master mind was a woman.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Highly decorated Chaplain Wally Vaughn was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in January 1982 and was endorsed to serve as a chaplain by the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. He retired from active duty on January 31, 2011 in the grade of Colonel. He is married to the former Geraldine Hunt of Suffolk, Virginia. They have two children: Wallisa and Wally, Jr.