CMT’s End of Year Event: Freedom of Riding – Transit’s Ability to Increase Equity in All Sectors of Our Community
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: December 1, 2015 - 5:00 pm
Location: 610 N 7th St
St. Louis, MO 63101
Description: Freedom of Riding – Transit’s Ability to Increase Equity in All Sectors of Our Community
Dec. 1, 2015 – 5:00-6:00 pm panel discussion; Informal reception to follow
LOCATION: Embassy Suites, 610 North 7th Street St. Louis, MO 63101
Accessible by MetroLink and MetroBus
Open to the public, reservations requested
On December 1, 1955 – 60 years ago this winter – Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person in a Montgomery, AL bus and triggered the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott (which continued for 381 days).
While there is no longer explicit segregation by law here in the U.S., racial equity is still an issue to be addressed, both in our region and across the nation. And transit – buses, light rail, passenger rail, etc. – remains an important vehicle to improve racial and social equity in all sectors of our communities.
Inspired by the anniversary of Rosa Park’s historic act that impacted the whole nation, and in light of the recent release of the Ferguson Commission’s report on racial equity in our region, this event will foster a discussion about (a) how transit can be a hub around which we partner for improved conditions and access in regards to housing, jobs, education – some of the main areas focused on by the Ferguson Commission report, and (b) how we can expand and improve our region’s transit system to improve racial and social equity in our communities.