4. For years, civil rights leader E.D. Nixon planned to take legal action against the Montgomery bus system. Two other women had been arrested on buses in Montgomery before Parks and were considered by Nixon as potential clients for challenging the law. However, both were rejected because they would not gain white support. When he heard that Rosa Parks had been arrested, Nixon was excited because he knew she was the perfect face for the boycott. She was light-skinned, respectable, educated and sure to evoke sympathy from white people.