FAMU Prepares to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Tallahassee Bus Boycott

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

Florida A&M University is gearing up to honor some of its former students who fought for justice and equality.

April 27 through the 30, FAMU will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tallahassee bus boycott.

In 1956, a year after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, two FAMU students made national headlines by refusing to give up their seats in Tallahassee, a move which eventually led to Tallahassee's bus boycott.

"In retrospect, I'm sure people during that time didn't realize the significance of those events. But the position taken by Carrie Patterson and Wilhemina Jakes, were outstanding. They were the first student group to say, 'I won't move to the back of the bus,'" says Altha Manning, co-chair of the Weekend of Rededication.

Key events next weekend will include a freedom march from the old Tallahassee jail downtown at the corner of Gaines and Gadsden Streets, to FAMU's campus.


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