Montgomery to Mark 67th Anniversary of Bus Boycotts with Series of Celebrations and Events

Rosa Parks riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus. (Daily Advertiser / AP)

Montgomery, Alabama, is marking the 67th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott with a series of celebrations and events.

Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was arrested Dec. 1, 1955, after refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery. Her action helped ignite the yearlong boycott of the bus system by Black passengers and ushered in the civil rights movement.

Browder v. Gayle, a lawsuit filed on behalf of women who had also been mistreated on city buses, led to the court ruling that the segregated bus system was unconstitutional.

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The events will be announced on Montgomery’s cultural events website, mgmcityevents.com. Some of last year’s events included museum activities, lectures, a unity walk, a concert and other activities.

In 2019, the city placed a statue of Parks near the spot where she is believed to have boarded the bus.

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SOURCE: NBC News

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