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The Anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat and the beginning of The Montgomery Bus Boycott

A Greyhound bus that carried Freedom Riders burns after being set ablaze by Ku Klux Klan members in 1961. (Joseph Postiglione / Birmingham)

Freedom Rides: 50 years later

Thanks to all the Freedom Riders and the inspiration they still inspire in those of us who strive to create equity. (A Greyhound bus that carried Freedom Riders burns after being set ablaze by Ku Klux Klan members in (Joseph Postiglione / Birmingham))

Ethel Waters 1939. First African American to star in her own television program, Ethel Waters, The Ethel Waters Show, on NBC.

‘Ethel Waters, famed blues singer and actress, was born in Chester, PA, on this date October

Coretta Scott King, photographed during a Montgomery Bus Boycott Anniversary event in 1975. Photo: Todd Duncan, from the Ebony/Jet collection at Art.com

Civil Rights Leader Coretta Scott King, Montgomery Bus Boycott Anniversary Event, 1975 Photographic Print

The only white woman killed in the civil rights movement, Viola Liuzzo left comfort of Detroit home to help blacks overcome voting barriers.

Killed by KKK and Smeared by FBI, Civil Rights Martyr Finally Hailed as Hero. The only white woman killed in the civil rights movement, Viola Liuzzo left comfort of Detroit home to help blacks overcome voting barriers.

Deborah Willis (born February 5, 1948) is a contemporary African American artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator. named among the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photography Magazine, Dr. Deborah Willis is Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University where she also has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences.  http://debwillisphoto.com/home.html

, is chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Professor Willis and has an affiliated appointment as University Prof

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