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Get on the bus: City of Tyler celebrates Rosa Parks in inaugural program, tour

Dec 1, 1955 marks the day Montgomery, Ala. resident Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. She was arrested for civil disobedience, sparking a citywide boycott and helping to further the civil rights movement.

On Thursday, the Tyler Transit Department and St. James CME Church host an inaugural event to honor Parks with a brief program and bus tour of the city and narrated by Bishop David Houston and Rev. Orenthia Mason.

IF YOU GO:

What: Rosa Parks Day

When: Brief program at 9:45 a.m. Thursday followed by the bus tour, scheduled at 30 minute intervals with the first departure at 10 a.m. and the last at 11:30 a.m.

Where: St. James CME Church, 408 N. Border Ave.

Info: The bus can comfortably accommodate 20 people, and the Tyler Transit Department requests that individuals reserve a seat by calling 903-531-1388.

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