Montgomery Bus Boycott 56th Anniversary

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Many continue to relive the historical significance of the 56th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In the capital city,  Alabama State University reflected on the bus boycott that was a turning point in the fight for civil rights in America.

About 100 people turned out to First Baptist Church to celebrate the anniversary of the start of the movement.

56 years ago, the Montgomery Bus Boycott changed things not only in Montgomery, but America.

"I felt blessed by it. I felt motivated because of what people have done in the past for us, just take the baton and keep going," Montgomery resident Dorice Haney said.

Most of the pews inside First Baptist Church on North Ripley were full as many remember and continue to honor the movement.

"I think that's very appropriate for us to remember everything that happened that caused many of us to be in the position we are today," Montgomery resident Charles Price said.

Reverend Calvin Butts of New York took the audience on a historical journey. He says other world movements can be traced back to what happened in Montgomery 56 years ago.

"And it keeps the movement going. It keeps young people inspired. It keeps people focused and it gives credit to those soldiers in the movement who deserve credit."

Butts says it's soldiers like Rosa Parks who sat down to symbolically stand up for civil rights. Dr. Martin Luther King and even the not so talked about people in the movement like Adam Clayton Powell Jr. who Butts says doesn't get much credit for their efforts.

"And not let history be erased," Butts said.

This celebration was a part of the Ralph Abernathy Civil Rights lecture series. The title was "The Mass Meetings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: the prophet and the people. The speaker says it's a symbolic meaning and the prophet is the person who must tell the story and keep the movement going.

Alabama State University and The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture sponsored this event.

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