Riding the Bus in Memphis After Desegregation

Johnnie R. Turner

Tennessee State Rep. Johnnie Turner was a student at LeMoyne College in Memphis when the buses were integrated, and would sit right behind the bus driver. "I would sit behind the driver....I sat behind it because I knew it was the most humiliating experience I had every time I had to move to the back of that bus," she recalled. Though the law had changed, the bad behavior of some of the other passengers persisted. Read more on Johnnie R. Turner: Fighting to the Front: Civil Rights Icon Reflects on Challenges, Championing Equal Access.

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