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Saving Sarah’s Seat

June 19, 2020

The COMET Launches “Saving Sarah’s Seat” in Honor of Civil Rights Icon

(June 18, 2020) Columbia, SC – The COMET will honor local civil rights icon, Sarah Mae Flemming, in honor of the 66th anniversary of Sarah Mae’s ride (June, 22, 1954). Saving Sarah’s Seat is the awareness campaign launched by The COMET about Ms. Flemming’s contributions to the civil rights movement in our city, state and country.  The kickoff to the campaign is on June 22, 2020. The campaign will run until August 22, 2020.

DETAILS:                     Agenda attached. Social Distancing and Masks Required.

WHO:                           Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET)

WHAT:                         Saving Sarah’s Seat Campaign Kickoff

WHEN                        Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:                      Richland Library Eastover atThe COMET Park and Ride area

608 Main Street, Eastover, SC 29044

WHY: Commemorating the 66th Anniversary of the landmark incident which was cited in the lawsuit that brought an end to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, made famous by civil rights activists Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.

Now, it is the turn of that local bus to honor and respect Sarah Mae for standing up for her rights as an American citizen. The COMET will lead the way and launch an awareness campaign about her contributions to the civil rights movement in our city, state and country.

BACKGROUND: On June 22, 1954, Sarah Mae Flemming, a 20-year-old resident of Eastover, boarded a crowded bus operated by South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. When asked to leave her seat and move toward the rear, Flemming resisted racial custom by attempting to exit from the front of the bus. The driver struck and ejected her from the bus on the corner of Main and Washington streets. The NAACP filed a lawsuit on her behalf, and in July 1955, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Brown desegregation mandate be applied to public transportation. The ruling was cited in the lawsuit that brought an end to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, made famous by civil rights activists, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.

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