A protracted Negro boycott is forcing the Selma, Alabama bus company out of business. The?
A protracted Negro boycott is forcing the Selma, Alabama bus company out of business. The company expects to cease operations 1 May.
The boycott is related to, but not directly part, of the Selma voter registration drive. Negroes are boycotting a number of Selma businesses for a variety of civil rights demands. But the specific complaint against the bus company is its refusal to hire one Negro driver among its 12 employees.
Since Negroes previously accounted for 75 per cent of the riders on the company's nine buses, the effects of the boycott have been severe. It is estimated that Negro patronage was cut to 25 per cent of those previously riding the line. At first the company tried cutting back service during off hours to reduce operating costs. But it didn't work and -- as of now -- the company is giving up.