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PHOTO of the DAY: 63 Years Ago Today Rosa Parks Refused to Get Off the Bus, Fred Gray her Attorney Set to Speak on Anniversary
By Associated Press
Published December 1, 2018

Rosa Parks sits in the front of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, after the Supreme Court ruled segregation illegal on the city bus system on December 21st, 1956. Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat in the front of a bus in Montgomery set off a successful boycott of the city busses. 

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The lawyer who represented Rosa Parks after she was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man will speak at an event marking the 63rd anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Tuskegee attorney Fred Gray will speak at a commemoration planned for Monday night at First Baptist Church in Montgomery.

The event is being sponsored by the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University.

Young Attorney Fred Gray

Gray represented Parks after she was arrested for violating racial segregation laws on Dec. 1, 1965. Her arrest sparked a yearlong bus boycott that became a starting point for the modern civil rights movement.

 Rosa Parks is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala. 

The boycott was led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., then a young preacher in Montgomery.

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