Dec. 1 marks the anniversary that signified a milestone in the Civil Rights movement. In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the colored section of the bus for a white passenger.

After refusing the bus driver’s order to move, she was arrested for civil disobedience. Rosa Parks went on to further the cause of civil rights, becoming known as the “mother of the freedom movement.”

The Tyler Transit Department and St. James CME Church are hosting an inaugural event to honor Rosa Parks. Free and open to the public, a brief program will be followed by a bus tour of significant areas of the City and narrated by Bishop David Houston and Rev. Orenthia Mason.

The program will begin at 9:45 a.m. followed by the bus tour, scheduled at 30 minute intervals with the first departure time being 10 a.m. and the last at 11:30 a.m. As the bus can comfortably accommodate 20 people, the Transit Department requests that individuals who would like to take part in the tour reserve a seat by calling 903-531-1388.