The Montgomery Bus Boycotts were famously the biggest protest action taken against the transportation system by our people. But in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a group of Black people were plotting to take an even bigger step.
A popular alternative was the jitney system. But jitneys, usually small taxis, were often overcrowded and unreliable. In 1926, Clarence T. Woodland, a jitney owner, hosted a meeting with 35 other owners to put an end to the transportation system chaos. The men pooled their money together to start the Safe Bus Company.
The Safe Bus Company is a reminder to us today that we can always create something new for our community. Together, we have the tools to do anything.