Montgomery Bus Boycott

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed Announces Plans to Honor Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed has announced in a video that the City of Montgomery is working with the family of Claudette Colvin to honor her legacy as someone who challenged Montgomery’s segregated buses in the 1950s. Reed says more will be announced in the coming weeks. Colvin was a teenager when she was arrested on…

Life of Civil Rights Pioneer Jean Graetz Remembered in Montgomery

Jean Graetz with hustband, Rev. Robert Graetz Photo by David Campbell/ASU The family of Jean Graetz, a nationally-known civil rights pioneer, held a virtual memorial service for her Sunday. Graetz died last month at her home in Montgomery at the age of 90. The service can be seen on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PHQ2oJfaJ2g The service was held at Montgomery’s historic First Baptist…

New Documentary Honors 65th Anniversary of Montgomery Bus Boycott

2020 marks the 65th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the most important events of the modern civil rights movement in Alabama and the nation. A new documentary premiered at Paterson Field in downtown Montgomery Saturday, called “382: Organizing for the Future,” which explores the link between activists past and present. The documentary included remarks from Vice President-elect…

Maxwell Air Force Base Unveils Rosa Parks Memorial

On Tuesday, Maxwell Air Force Base held a memorial unveiling ceremony in honor of Rosa Parks, to kick off the 65th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Many city and military leaders including Mayor Steven Reed, Air Force Secretary Barbara Bennett, and many others all spoke at the unveiling. Parks, who once worked on base, said in her memoir, “You…

Memorial Service for Rev. Robert Graetz, Jr. to Be Held Sunday in Montgomery

The family of Rev. Robert S. Graetz, Jr. has announced the details of a memorial service to be held in Montgomery on Sunday. Graetz will be remembered as a champion for civil rights in Montgomery and a key figure in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He died Sunday, September 20, at the age of 92. Rev. Graetz and his wife Jean…

Church Service Brings Religions Together to Honor Rosa Parks

Sunday, December 1st marks 64 years since Rosa Parks’ arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Events celebrating her legacy continued Sunday night with a church service in Montgomery. The service was held at what Park’s home church: St. Paul AME Church. The service brought people of different religions, backgrounds, and races together with the message of unity. Different pastors and…