Hidden Histories


Black And White On The Buses20031003

Forty years ago, the American civil rights protests dominated headlines around the world. The charismatic Martin Luther King had become famous for organising a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. But in 1963, Britain too had a bus boycott to protest against the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ black staff. As part of Black History Month, historian Madge Dresser tells the story of how Bristol's tiny black community forced the company to change its policy.