The city of Montgomery is set to honor a significant figure in the civil rights movement this afternoon. Mayor Todd Strange and other community leaders are holding an event to recognize 80 year old Bruce Carver Boynton of Selma. Boynton, a black man, was arrested in 1958 for sitting in the whites-only section of a bus station restaurant. His conviction and appeal led to the Supreme Court case that ended racially segregated travel in the U-S and inspired the Freedom Rides movement.
The mayor will present a proclamation to Boynton. His oral history is also going to be recorded. The ceremony is set for 2 o’clock at one Church Street. The retired attorney says he is happy for the recognition.