Events commemorating Montgomery Bus Boycott start Thursday
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - It was nearly 67 years ago that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white man. This defining moment in the Civil Rights movement sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. On Dec. 1, the city and its partners will mark the anniversary with a series of events and activities for the community.
“I think that there’s something for everybody. Everyone is invited. It doesn’t matter your color, doesn’t matter your race or your creed,” said Mayor Steven Reed. “This is for everyone to learn more about this struggle and more about what really makes Montgomery a special place. And I think it’s important for us to renew the commitment that so many men, women, and children showed over those 382 days, many decades ago.”
Here are some of the events that will mark the upcoming anniversary of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott:
- Free Admission to Rosa Parks Museum and Children’s Museum
- Georgia Gilmore Food Giveaway- To honor the legacy of Georgia Gilmore, who fed many during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, food with be distributed at 9 a.m. Metropolitan UMC. Volunteers should email email@example.com or call 334-263-0950.
- MGM Bus Boycott Exhibit at the Legacy Museum- The Equal Justice Initiative has curated a Montgomery Bus Boycott exhibit at the Legacy Museum. Admission is $5 and includes both the museum and the Memorial for Peace and Justice.
- Children’s Arts and Crafts Day
- The Quest: A Historical Self-Guided Driving Tour- Dec. 1st through 6th, the self-guided tour will take you through historical sites to learn about people and places pivotal to the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
- Free Tours of Rosa Parks Apartment- The Montgomery Housing Authority is opening the doors to the public to tour the home of Rosa Parks in honor of the Bus Boycott Celebration. Items inside the home have been preserved or recreated to showcase where many important meetings were held during the Civil Rights movement.
- Unity Walk to Celebrate Rosa Parks’ Faith and Legacy in the Civil Rights Movement- To commemorate Rosa Parks Day on Dec. 1st, a unity walk for peace and justice will be held at 5:30 p.m. starting at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.
- Rosa Parks Community Convocation- Following the unity walk, a convocation and awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church, the home church of Rosa Parks. The guest speaker will be Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.
- The Mass Meeting: A time to build up- Equipping the church in a new Civil Rights era- This event is being held by the City of Montgomery and Mayor Steven Reed. Rec. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson will be the guest speaker. It will take place at 6 p.m. at Holt Street Baptist Church.
For more information on events and details on how you can attend, click this link.
The Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute will also host a Montgomery Bus Boycott Celebration on Dec. 2-3. The celebration will include the Montgomery premiere of the “Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks,” in partnership with NBC Universal, and the Rosa Parks Gala, honoring extraordinary women from Alabama. For more information or to purchase a ticket, go to www.syldi.org.
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