Marlborough: Montgomery Bus Boycott presentation« Back to Events
Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., join the Friends of the Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St., in the Bigelow Auditorium as Dr. Gary Hylander brings his enthusiastic, interactive approach to history with an engaging presentation on the Montgomery Bus Boycott. On a cold December afternoon in 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress boarded a city bus after a long day at the sewing machine. Montgomery’s Jim Crow laws provided that as the bus filled up, black riders had to surrender their seats to white passengers. Parks refused to move. What followed was a 381 day bus boycott by black riders that drew national attention and introduced the country to an unknown Baptist preacher, Martin Luther King, Jr. The program is free and open to the public.