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“Season of Civil Rights … It All Started on a Bus”

RT is celebrating its 6th annual Season of Civil Rights with a series of events during the months of December, January and February to build awareness of the significant role that transit has played in the American Civil Rights Movement.

The campaign starts on December 1, 2013, and promotes a number of regional activities and events to raise awareness about civil rights.

“I Am the Dream and the Dream Is Now” Art and Poetry Contest:
November 1 through December 6, 2013
In preparation for the Season of Civil Rights, RT invites students in grades 3 through 12, who attend a school within RT’s service area, to participate in the “I Am the Dream and the Dream Is Now” art and poetry contest. Submitted artwork and poems must address the theme of both transit and civil rights.

Reserved Seats in Honor of Rosa Parks:
Sunday, December 1, 2013
On December 1, RT will reserve a seat on every RT bus in honor of Rosa Parks – the same day in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, when Rosa Parks refused to obey a bus driver’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her simple act of defiance played a critical role in the American Civil Rights Movement, as it ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Season of Civil Rights Commemorative Bus:
December 2013 through February 2014
An RT bus with exterior images of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. will travel on different routes throughout the Sacramento region during the Season of Civil Rights campaign. 

15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner:
Saturday, January 11, 2014
RT is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner, which serves to preserve his memory and commitment to equal justice. The event will take place at the Sacramento Convention Center. For more information, visit

March for the Dream:
Monday, January 20, 2014
Rain or shine, RT employees will make the six-mile trek to the Sacramento Convention Center to participate in the 33rd annual Capitol March for the Dream and Diversity Expo where winning entries from RT’s “I Am the Dream and the Dream Is Now” art and poetry contest and RT’s “Old Blue” historic bus will be on display. For more information, visit

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