This painting is inspired by the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the determined actions of the mostly unrecognized women who orchestrated it. From late 1955 through 1956, a successful and hard fought boycott of segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama, inspired people across the United States and around the world. Though these events brought international fame to two prominent civil rights figures—a young reverend named Martin Luther King Jr. and a seamstress and activist named Rosa Parks—the boycott also represented a triumph of local grassroots activism on a massive scale.
The artist employed abstract techniques to evoke the resolute energy that sustained the protest for more than a year in the mid-1950s. (via)