Just a note of reminder . . .
On this day, December 21, 1956, the historic year-long Montgomery bus boycott ended when the Supreme Court's decision banning segregation in Montgomery's bus system went into effect. A picture of Rosa Parks riding the bus forty-three years ago today can be found at http://www.seattletimes.com/mlk/movement/PT/Rosa_Parks_1956.html.
One of the most fascinating documents in Alabama history (obviously, my opinion!) can be found at http://www.archives.state.al.us/teacher/rights/lesson1/doc7.html.
This simple mimeographed page from December 19, 1956 outlines suggestions for the black community as they faced this new challenge of integrated buses and clearly articulates the non-violent principles of the civil rights movement. Words of wisdom to ponder during this holiday season.
Assistant Director for Public Services
Alabama Department of Archives and History
PO Box 300100
Montgomery, AL 36130-0100