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Montgomery bus boycott exhibit coming to American Jazz Museum

The bus boycott that paved the way for the civil rights movement is the subject of a late summer exhibit at the American Jazz Museum.

"381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story" opens in Kansas City with a free public reception on August 1.

The exhibit was organized in 2005 by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on an Alabama bus.

Photographs, historical texts, political cartoons and illustrations tell the story of Parks’ arrest and the civic actions which followed, including the 381-day bus boycott and the legal actions which forced the city of Montgomery to end the practice of segregated bus seating.

The Jazz Museum plans a series of public programs in conjunction with “381 Days,” including a mini-exhibit drawn from the Black Archives of Mid-America, a symposium exploring the relationship between jazz and the Civil Rights movement, and a screening of “The Children’s March,” a film about the young people of Birmingham, Ala., who stood up to fire hoses and police dogs in the fight against segregation.

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