60th Anniversary of Civil Rights Community Celebration

This month, RTD commemorates 60 years since the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This landmark legislation marked a crucial moment in the nation's journey, advancing equality and reducing discrimination. Its effects resonate widely, including in transportation equity, ensuring fair access to public transport and its associated opportunities for everyone.

Some of the key transit-related actions in the fight for equal rights were accomplished by notable figures in U.S. history. Rosa Parks sparked a civil rights movement in the United States by refusing to give her seat to a white man on an Alabama bus in 1955. Her courageous stand motivated Black community leaders to initiate the Montgomery Bus Boycott, guided by a young reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was instrumental in the American civil rights movement.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott lasted 381 days as African American residents of Montgomery organized carpools, walked long distances, and found alternative transportation to protest segregation on city buses. Participants endured threats and challenges, which culminated in the landmark Supreme Court decision in Browder v. Gayle, declaring bus segregation unconstitutional.

To honor these historic events and promote dialogue on equality, RTD invites community members to join an upcoming commemorative event and engage with community partners. The event will feature the special reveal of a bus wrap design honoring the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the announcement of the winner of the Bus Design Contest. 

RSVP by July 16 to attend.

Free event details:

Saturday, July 20, noon – 3 p.m. at The Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 908 14thSt. Denver, CO 80202

By RTD Staff