• Brandon Colvin

Cradle of Civil Rights honors 66th anniversary of historic bus boycott with week of celebration



December 1, 2021 marks sixty-six years since a cadre of determined residents in Montgomery, Alabama started a movement of sustained protest that lasted for 382 days but forever changed the course of American history. This week, the city of Montgomery and the nation will celebrate the sacrificial work of civil rights icon, Rosa Parks and the many other heroes of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.


Alabama is not the only state that honors Parks on the first day of December—Oregon and Ohio also celebrate the day with local observances. California and Missouri honor Parks' legacy as well, but do so with celebrations on her birthday, February 4. Additionally, several cities across the nation have adopted the practice of offering free bus rides through their local transit systems as means of acknowledging the impact of Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott. Huntsville, Alabama and Richmond, Virginia are among the cities honoring Parks with free bus rides.


Over the next seven days, the city of Montgomery will be host to a broad range of Bus Boycott-related activities and themed events. Many of the week's options are open to the public and either free or low-cost. Check out the list of events below and visit www.mgmbusboycott.com for more information.


Wednesday - December 1

7:30 a.m. - Rosa Parks Day Unity Breakfast: St. Paul AME Church, 706 E. Patton Ave., Montgomery. Speaker: Michael Jackson.


9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Free admission to Rosa Parks Museum: Tour the museum at 252 Montgomery St. Join children's arts and crafts on the second floor of the museum's Children's wing. Walk through an exact replica of the iconic bus Rosa Parks was on.


9 a.m.-5 p.m. - MGM Bus Boycott Exhibit at the Legacy Museum: 400 N. Court Street. Admission is $5 to both the museum and the Memorial for Peace and Justice.


9 a.m. - Free tours of Rosa Parks Apartment: The Montgomery Housing Authority is opening the doors to the public to tour the home of Rosa Parks from 1951 to 1957.


10 a.m - The Quest: A Historical Self-Guided Driving Tour: This self-guided driving tour takes you to historical sites to learn about people and places that were pivotal to the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Visit all the sites and post to Facebook using the hashtag #mgmbusboycottchallenge to be entered into a drawing to win a historical swag bag. See a listing of all sites at mgmbusboycott.com.


11:30 a.m. - Rosa Parks memorial unveiling


2 p.m. - Rosa Parks Day Concert: The Westerlies, featuring "For Rosa" by composer Mason Bynes, in partnership with ClefWorks, in the Rosa Parks Museum's auditorium.


Thursday - December 2

9 a.m. - Georgia Gilmore Food Giveaway: The Beacon Center will offer an active way to honor the legacy of Georgia Gilmore. Food distribution will be at Metropolitan UMC, 3108 Rosa Parks Avenue.


9 a.m.-5 p.m. - MGM Bus Boycott exhibit at the Legacy Museum


9 a.m. - Free tours of the Rosa Parks Apartment


10 a.m - The Quest: A Historical Self-Guided Driving Tour


Friday - December 3

9 a.m.-5 p.m. - MGM Bus Boycott exhibit at the Legacy Museum


9 a.m. - Free tours of the Rosa Parks Apartment


10 a.m - The Quest: A Historical Self-Guided Driving Tour


6 p.m. - Life Screening Premiere: 382: Organizing for the Future: Experience a live screening of a film highlighting not only the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but also modern day activism happening in Montgomery.


Saturday - December 4

9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Free Admission to Rosa Parks Museum and Children's Wing: Free tours, and Arts and Crafts.


9 a.m.-5 p.m. - MGM Bus Boycott exhibit at the Legacy Museum


10 a.m. - 66th Anniversary Montgomery Bus Boycott Community Educational Forum: St. Paul AME Church, 706 E. Patton Ave. Workshops at 10 a.m. Community Forum and Youth Essay Competition Awards at noon.


10 a.m - The Quest: A Historical Self-Guided Driving Tour


10-11 a.m. - Preserving Their Legacy: Activists Then and Now: Auditorium of Rosa Parks Museum, 252 Montgomery St. Features author and activist Karen Gray Houston, and the young women of local nonprofit Women in Training. This will also be a collection site for menstrual items to be donated to WIT.


Sunday - December 5

9 a.m.-5 p.m. - MGM Bus Boycott exhibit at the Legacy Museum


10 a.m - The Quest: A Historical Self-Guided Driving Tour


3 p.m. - We Create Change Pop-up Exhibit Opening Reception: KRESS on Dexter, 39 Dexter Ave. This exhibit examines several areas of protest and will feature conversations from artists and subject matter experts, and will be on display through Dec. 30.


Monday - December 6

9 a.m.-5 p.m. - MGM Bus Boycott exhibit at the Legacy Museum


10 a.m. - The Quest: A Historical Self-Guided Driving Tour


6 p.m. - Virtual Mass Meeting Re-enactment: In honor of Alabama State University's Ralph D. Abernathy's Lecture Series, this annual event celebrates the mass meetings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott as well as the brave individuals and organizations involved.


7 p.m. - The Mass Meeting: Understanding the Roles of Churches in Changing Communities: Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church, 1870 S. Court St. The event features Bishop J. Drew Sheard of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, in Detroit, Michigan.


Tuesday - December 7

10 a.m. - The Quest: A Historical Self-Guided Driving Tour

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