Montgomery Bus Boycott Honored after 50 Years
Dr. Mable Jones Grimes remembered what life used to be like for African Americans years ago when she was a student at MU.
"I remember that there were certain places in Columbia where blacks could not go. Theaters were still segregated, you know blacks had to go upstairs. There were restaurants that blacks could not go to, so I remember that quite well," recalled Grimes.
At the time, life was much like this for African Americans all across the United States until one woman named Rosa Parks decided to sit down and sparked the civil rights movement.
"I think that the civil rights movement did have an impact on Columbia. Integration, as they used to call it with public accommodations did occur," said Grimes.
Thursday was the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and MU's Legion of Black Collegians held a candlelight vigil to honor Rosa Parks and the changes the boycott helped make.
Travis Gregory of the Legion of Black Collegians said, "The black youth of America especially the black students here at the University of Missouri are not apathetic to their history or to the people who fought very hard to put us in the position that we're currently in."
Mable hopes the nation will continue to improve. President Bush signed a bill on Thursday authorizing a statue of Rosa Parks to be erected in the nations capitol.