|When:||Saturday, February 6th, 9:00 am to 12 pm.|
|Where:||McKinley High School Alumni Center 1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70803|
The Toni Morrison Society will commemorate the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott on Saturday, February 6th, 2016, by placing its seventeenth "Bench by the Road" in the Old South Baton Rouge neighborhood. The Bench placement will follow a ceremony full of music, poetry, and oration to be held at the at the McKinley High School Alumni Center. The event will feature keynote speaker LSU Law Professor, Chris Tyson and a live dance production entitled "The Fading Line: A Commemoration of the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott," including students from the LSU dance program, the Legacy Dance Crew, Mid-City Dance, and the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition. The Baton Rouge Bus Boycott was undertaken by the Reverend TJ Jemison and his United Defense League, who along with African-American residents of South Baton Rouge and surrounding communities, initiated a successful economic boycott against the Baton Rouge City Bus Company to change their policy of segregated seating. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Montgomery Improvement Association utilized the methodology and organization of the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott as a template for the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, only two short years later.