Browder, Aurelia S.

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Born 1919 and died 1971, Aurelia S. Browder, a graduate of Alabama State University and an African American seamstress was the lead plantiff in the case Browder v. Gayle. "Aurelia S .Browder v. William A. Gayle challenged the Alabama state statutes and Montgomery, Alabama, city ordinances requiring segregation on Montgomery buses. Filed by Fred Gray and Charles D. Langford on behalf of four African-American women who had been mistreated on city buses, the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld a district court ruling that the statute was unconstitutional. On 20 December 1956, after the court order mandating an end to bus segregation finally arrived in Montgomery, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) voted to end the 381 day Montgomery bus boycott."--"Browder v. Gayle," King Encyclopedia, retrieved August 1, 2008.

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