Prayers are in order as it is being reports that Civil Rights icon, Bruce Carver Boynton has passed away at the age of 83. The news of the man who inspired the legendary Freedom Riders of 1961, passing came from a statement issued by his friend, former Alabama state Sen. Hank Sanders via his Facebook page.
In 1958 Bruce Carver Boynton a student at Howard University Law School took a stand against racial segregation at a Virginia bus station when he refused to sit in the “Black diner” of the bus station because it was nasty and dirty, Boynton instead, insisted on being served in the “White diner” which was maintained and clean. After the manager disrespected and refused to serve Boynton he was arrested. Boynton took his case, Boynton v. Virginia, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he was defended by Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
From there history was born, Bruce Carver Boynton’s actions inspired the 1961 Freedom Riders activists rode buses through the South to protest segregated bus terminals whose actions led to President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act into law, ending the Jim Crow-era laws in 1964.
Take a look at Senator Hank Sanders memorialize his friend Bruce Carver Boynton while educating us about the little known facts of Boynton’s life that is responsible for our freedoms now, in his Facebook post below