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Press Release   Blacknews Article

Historical Token Commemorates Civil Rights Bus Boycott

Actual Bus Tokens Immortalized As Cufflinks

Allen Stewart, Jr.
CEO of Montgomery City Lines

Bus tokens immortalized as cufflinks

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) - Commemorating the 50th+ anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helping to remember the birth of the Civil Rights Movement, the actual bus token that was used in 1955 has been immortalized as cufflinks. These upscale cufflinks have been provided for your family to enjoy for years to come and are brought to you not only during Black History Month, but everyday. They are on sale in several department stores such as selected Parisian locations and other fine online outlets, with a suggested manufacture's retail price of $70.00.

The bus token that was a mighty symbol of the struggle and used by thousands of Blacks to ride Montgomery's segregated buses has been made available to the public. The token along with other commemorative items are sold in selected museums around the country, such as the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. Other token items that are sold are very prestigious award medallions, pendants, t-shirts, and now the cufflinks commemorating the 381-day boycott that was prompted by the Dec. 1st arrest of Rosa Parks in 1955. During the boycott Blacks refused to ride the buses, which nearly bankrupted the City's transit system and helped launch the Civil Rights Movement. "Prior to the dismantling of the bus system, there were around 6 different tokens used by Montgomery City Lines," states Allen Stewart, Jr., the current CEO and Jackson State University alum.

The actual bus token used during the Montgomery bus boycott was preserved by his great-grandmother. His mother, Dr. Tonea Stewart most famous for her role on "In the Heat of Night" and "A Time To Kill," looked through her mother's memorabilia at her home and came across the token which she has stated is the "ultimate symbol of that era." Initially, the rights to the original token were used as a way of honoring unsung heroes of the civil rights movement. In an effort to continue to preserve the integrity of the time, in 2001 the Stewart and Donahey families re-incorporated Montgomery City Lines, Inc., which was formerly the name of the Montgomery bus system, and began making the token available for all families to share.

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