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Montgomery: The city is planning a week of events to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In 1955, a dedicated group of people began standing firm against racist segregation in a boycott that spanned 382 days. Activities and events starting Dec. 1 will take place across the city that are designed to honor those who dedicated and risked their lives. This event is being led by Mayor Steven L. Reed, who recently stood with civil rights attorney Fred Gray to expunge the arrest record for Claudette Colvin. While the bus boycott was officially sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man, Colvin was arrested months earlier for the same thing. A unity breakfast will be held Dec. 1 at St. Paul AME Church, and the Rosa Parks Museum will offer free admission all day on the anniversary of her arrest. Free tours of the apartment where she lived from 1951 to 1957 will also be available through the Montgomery Housing Authority. Items inside the home have been preserved or recreated to showcase where many important meetings were held during the civil rights movement. For a full list of activities and events throughout the day next Wednesday and beyond, see mgmbusboycott.com.



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