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Montgomery to host celebrations marking the 67th anniversary of Bus Boycott

Last year's events included museum activities, a unity walk and concert.
Image: Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus.Daily Advertiser / AP
/ Source: Associated Press

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.

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.

CORRECTION (Aug. 22, 2022, 4:27 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article by The Associated Press misstated how many years it has been since the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This year is the 67th anniversary, not the 66th. It also included a link to events from 2021, which has since been updated.