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Honoring  Mrs. Mary Louise Smith-Ware with a Historical Marker placed at her home site in 1955 

62 years ago Mrs. Smith-Ware was arrested for defying segregation orders on a city bus and her actions and treatment mirrored Mrs. Parks and Claudette Colvin of the same year.  She then joined three other women as co-lead plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, Browder v Gayle that was unamioulsy supported by the U.S. Supreme Court and was a major precedent that enabled Civil and Human Rights legislation of the 20th and 21st Century. Equal Justice, Due Process, Civil Rights legislation post 1956 mirrors the ruling of the Browder v Gayle case.

Mrs. Smith-Ware continued to distinguish herself by joining her sister in filing a segregation complaint against the Montgomery YMCA in 1969 that ultimately led to a class action lawsuit, Smith vs. YMCA that desegregated the YMCA and overturned a 1957 city ordinance that blocked blacks and whites from socializing in public.

Donations can be made on our GoFund Me Page-Smith Historical Marker, or mail directly to us, Cosmo D- Productions- Smith Historical Marker. P.O. Box 798,Selma, Al 36702. See our website:, Facebook:More Than A Bus Ride@ WaheedC.

The Patience Essah Africana Studies Lecture Series

Spring 2018

1/16 Tim Dodge “African American Covers of Country Music BEFORE Ray Charles”

2/27 Tom Hicks, Vice Chairman, U.S. Election Assistance Commission “Democracy is Rooted in Accessible, Secure, and Fair Elections looking ahead to the 2018 Federal Election.  (An EAC perspective)

3/20 Jennifer Brooks “From the Congo to the Convict Lease: Africa in Alabama Coal Mines”

4/10 Joan Harrell - "The Untold Story: Nurse Eunice Rivers & The Unethical Syphilis Study at Tuskegee" 

Last Updated: February 04, 2019