Activities honor the 66th anniversary of Montgomery Bus Boycott

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Sixty-six years ago, a dedicated group of people firmly opposed racist segregation in Montgomery and began the 382 days of sacrifice, resilience and hope that was the Montgomery bus boycott.

Starting December 1, a week of activities and events will take place across the city, led by Mayor Steven L. Reed, which is designed to honor those who have dedicated and risked their lives to make Montgomery a place better and make the world take notice. .

Learn more about this commemoration online at mgmbusboycott.com.

Wednesday December 1

7:30 a.m. – Rosa Parks Day Unit Breakfast: St. Paul AME Church, 706 E. Patton Ave., Montgomery. The speaker will be Michael Jackson

9 a.m. – Free entry to the Rosa Parks Museum: Join the Rosa Parks Museum as they celebrate Rosa Parks Day on the 66th anniversary of her arrest. 252 Montgomery Street

9 am-5pm – MGM Bus Boycott exhibition at the Legacy Museum: 400 N. Court Street. The Equal Justice Initiative organized a Montgomery Bus Boycott exhibit. Admission is $ 5 for the museum and the Memorial for Peace and Justice.

9:00 am – Free tours of the Rosa Parks apartment: The Montgomery Housing Authority opens the doors to the public to tour Rosa Parks’ home from 1951 to 1957, in honor of the Montgomery Bus Boycott celebration: objects inside the home have been preserved or recreated for show where many important meetings took place during the civil rights movement.

9 am-5pm – Children’s Arts and Crafts Day: Rosa Parks Museum, 253 Montgomery St., Montgomery, on the second floor of the Children’s Wing of the Rosa Parks Museum.

9 am-5pm – Visit of the “Rosa Parks Bus”: Rosa Parks Museum, 252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery. Walk through an exact replica of the iconic bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give way to a white passenger, which led to her arrest and helped spark the Montgomery bus boycott.

10:00 am – The Quest: A self-guided historical tour by car: Join the MGM Bus Boycott Challenge and become a tourist in your own city. This self-guided driving tour takes you to historic sites to learn about the people and places that were critical to the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Visit all sites and post on Facebook using the hashtag #mgmbusboycottchallenge to enter a raffle and win a historic loot bag. A list of all sites will be available online at mgmbusboycott.com. Images and locations provided by the Montgomery Improvement Association and the African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium.

11:30 am – Inauguration of the Rosa Parks Memorial: Rosa Parks Museum, 252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery. Unveiling of works of art in collaboration with the 42nd Air Force Base Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base. The artist is Ian Mangum. It will be an outdoor event by the entrance to the museum.

2:00 p.m. – Rosa Parks’ concert of the day: The Westerlies, with “For Rosa” by composer Mason Bynes, in partnership with ClefWorks. The concert will take place in the auditorium of the Rosa Parks Museum.

5:30 p.m. – Unity Walk to Celebrate Rosa Parks’ Faith and Legacy in the Civil Rights Movement: From Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, 454 Dexter Ave., Montgomery. Join St. Paul AME Church on their annual Unity Walk from Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church to the Rosa Parks Museum.

7 p.m. – Community convocation by Rosa Parks: St. Paul AME Church, 706 E. Patton Ave., Montgomery. Rosa Parks Community Convocation will feature the Carver High School Choir. The guest speaker will be Dr Bernard Lafayete Jr.

Thursday 2 December

9 a.m. – Georgia Gilmore Culinary Contest: The Beacon Center will provide an active way to honor Georgia Gilmore’s legacy. As many know, she ensured that so many people were fed during the Montgomery bus boycott. The food will be distributed through a contactless process. Food will be distributed at the Metropolitan UMC, 3108 Rosa Parks Avenue. Those interested in volunteering should email [email protected] Call them at 334-263-0950.

9 am-5pm – MGM Bus Boycott exhibition at the Legacy Museum

9:00 am – Free tours of the Rosa Parks Apartment

10:00 am – The Quest: a historical tour in a self-guided car

Friday December 3

9 am-5pm – MGM Bus Boycott exhibition at the Legacy Museum

9:00 am – Free tours of the Rosa Parks Apartment

10:00 am – The Quest: a historical tour in a self-guided car

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 learn about the modern activism unfolding in Montgomery.

Saturday 4th December

9 am-3pm – Arts and Crafts: Rosa Parks Museum, 253 Montgomery St., Montgomery, on the second floor of the Children’s Wing of the Rosa Parks Museum.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Free entry to the Rosa Parks Museum and the children’s wing: 253 rue Montgomery, Montgomery

9 am-5pm – MGM Bus Boycott exhibition at the Legacy Museum

10 a.m. – 66th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Community Education Forum: St. Paul AME Church, 706 E. Patton Ave., Montgomery. Workshops at 10 a.m. Community forum and essay competition for young people at noon.

10:00 am – The Quest: a historical tour in a self-guided car

10-11 a.m. – Preserving their heritage: activists past and present: Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium, 252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery. The program features author and activist Karen Gray Houston, and young women from the local Women in Training association.

Sunday 5 December

9 am-5pm – MGM Bus Boycott exhibition at the Legacy Museum

10:00 am – The Quest: a historical tour in a self-guided car

3:00 p.m. – Opening reception of the ephemeral exhibition We Create Change: KRESS on Dexter, 39 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery. Opening on the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, this pop-up art exhibit examines multiple areas of protest, including mass incarceration, critical race theory, and voter suppression. The exhibition will feature conversations from artists and subject matter experts.

Monday 6 December

9 am-5pm – MGM Bus Boycott exhibition at the Legacy Museum

10:00 am – The Quest: a historical tour in a self-guided car

6:00 p.m. – Reconstruction of the virtual mass meeting: In honor of Alabama State University’s Ralph D. Abernathy Lecture Series, this annual event celebrates the Montgomery Bus Boycott Mass Reunions (the bi-weekly information, strategy, and spiritual sessions) as well as the brave individuals and organizations involved.

7:00 p.m. – The Mass Meeting: Understanding the Roles of Churches in Changing Communities: Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church, 1870 S. Court St., Montgomery. The City of Montgomery and Mayor Steven L. Reed invite people to participate in the event, which features Bishop J. Drew Sheard of the Institutional Church of God in Christ of Great Emmanuel in Detroit, Michigan.

Tuesday, December 7

10:00 am – The Quest: a historical tour in a self-guided car

Contact reporter Shannon Heupel of Montgomery Advertiser at [email protected]

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