Black History Month Event

University of Redlands Club will host Black History Month event

Student club to perform reenactment of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

REDLANDS, CA. Feb. 14, 2012 - TheĀ University of Redlands student club, African American Association (AAA) will host a first ever reenactment of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. The event will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 11-4 p.m. This unique project is in celebration of Black History Month which spans the entire month of February.

This event will consist of University of Redlands student actors reenacting the events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott on a bus donated by Redlands High School. The bus for the event will be parked on the basketball courts in between the Hunsaker and California-Founders buildings on the University of Redlands campus. This event will include student actors of every race playing the role of famous civil rights activists of the Civil Rights movement.

“When many think of Black History Month, names like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks are the first to come to mind. Not to take away from the incredible work of both these individuals, but people like Ella Baler, Claudette Colvin and Jo Ann Robinson are names that are not recognized, not even familiar. The awareness project that we are performing will allow students and the general public to learn about those unfamiliar names as well as experience first-hand the seriousness and violent events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott,” said Tonga Fakalata, Social Chair for the African American Association at University of Redlands.

In efforts to raise awareness of this time in history this event will be free and open to the public.

Media Contact:
Patty Zurita

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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