Civil Rights Then and Now
In my Civil Rights Then and Now series, we explore Jim Crow Laws. On this day, November 25, 1955, segregation on interstate buses and trains is banned by the Interstate Commerce Commission; six days prior to Rosa Parks arrest in Montgomery, Alabama. The Jim Crow laws enacted in 1890 gave “separate but equal” statuses for African Americans, and one of those places where you saw segregation was on the bus system. This meant that blacks and other people of color had to take seats apart from whites on buses.
I visited Dixie Greyhound Bus station in Greenwood, Mississippi. Originally built in 1939, this Greyhound bus station had a separate black waiting room and a separate white waiting room. As you watch this video, think about what life might be like today if we still had the Jim Crow Laws..