The Pain and the Promise:
It was a boycott started by two FAMU students who, like Rosa Parks just months earlier, refused to give up their seats. MayWilhemina Jakes and Carrie Patterson boarded a city bus after a day of shopping downtown. All the "colored" seats were full, so they sat in the whites only section and refused the bus driver's orders to move.
So I like to say the boycott started for 20 cents. It was so effective that by July the city's buses stopped running. Charles Smith added, "It became sort of a thing among blacks, don't ride the bus. Walk if you have to, but don't ride the bus.
The boycott went on for more than a year and ended only when Tallahassee city buses were fully integrated in Pam Bryant, FAMU spokesperson, said, "This Tallahassee bus boycott was the fist student led boycott in the nation and the second civil rights movement in the nation.
This weekend there are a host of commemorative events starting with a freedom march Friday morning at 9 a. It starts at the old jail at the corner of Gadsden and Bloxham and winds about a mile to campus.
The grand opening of the Southeastern Regional Black Archives will follow that, and at 7: Keep in mind, this was no "polite, just get a permit protest. They were charged with operating a car for hire without a license.TALLAHASSEE, FL - Thursday marks the 60th Anniversary of an important event in civil rights history, the Tallahassee Bus Boycott.
May 26th, is the very day two female students from FAMU. The City of Tallahassee, and local partners including Florida State University, commemorated the 60th anniversary of that historic moment, which inspired the Tallahassee Bus Boycott in The ceremony honored the courageous men and women who took a stand against racial inequality during the local civil rights movement.
The Tallahassee Bus Boycott Begins (May ) Posted on May 26, by Jon On May 26, , two female students from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson, sat down in the “whites only” section of a segregated bus in the city of Tallahassee.
In , the African-American residents of Tallahassee launched a boycott of public buses after FAMU students, Wilhelmina Jakes & Carrie Patterson, were arrested for sitting next to a white woman.
The city’s buses were forced to suspend services due to the loss of revenue & eventually agreed to hire African-American bus drivers. However, the boycott did not formally end until Jan.
, when. Sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks on 1 December , the Montgomery bus boycott was a month mass protest that ended with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that . Tallahassee police arrested Jakes and Patterson and charged them with “placing themselves in a position to incite a riot.” In the days immediately following their arrests, students at FAMU organized a campus-wide boycott of city buses.