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Arriva London Supports a special journey

Sheriff Mead meets Georgette NormanSheriff Mead meets Georgette NormanOn Thursday March 15 at 4pm the City of London’s Sheriff Mead met the passengers of a special bus journey. On board the bus supplied courtesy of Arriva London, was Georgette Norman, Director of the Rosa Parks Museum USA http://montgomery.troy.edu/rosaparks/museum/.

At the Olympic villageAt the Olympic villageShe was accompanied by young people representing all nationalities, races and cultures who had been selected from across London by their respective boroughs to take part in this project.

This was the final stop on a bus journey to celebrate a city, where people come together across many different backgrounds in friendship rather than hostility.

The Arriva bus outside St Paul's CathedralThe Arriva bus outside St Paul's CathedralAs part of the ceremony Georgette Norman made a phone connection to Alabama, to talk with veterans of the Montgomery Bus Boycott which took place 55 years ago this year ,some of whom had worked closely with Martin Luther King during the Rosa Parks episode.

The project began a few months ago with the simple idea of a dual journey, one in London and one overseas to provide the basis of a visual photo documentary for the Heartstone photo story, ‘Chandra’s London’ http://www.heartstone.org.uk/heartstone.html.

The idea was turned into a reality when Rosa Parks Museum offered to be the first overseas connection.

With the help of Arriva London the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, and all the London boroughs, the final shape of the project was brought into being with the visit to the Guildhall being its climax.

Georgette Norman, David Lammy & Arriva support staffGeorgette Norman, David Lammy & Arriva support staffMeeting the Household CavalryMeeting the Household CavalryAlso present were David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, and representatives of other institutions and organisations who have contributed to the story including St. Pauls Cathedral, the National Theatre and the Household Cavalry.

This was an inspirational start to what will eventually be a series of paired journeys each with London at its centre, and each celebrating the commonality of human experience.

The organisers said: -
“It was a really great day, and a very big thank you to Arriva London for helping to make the Chandra’s London Bus Journey a huge success.
We would not have been able to achieve this without all the help and support given by you and we appreciate this very much.”
 

Published: Thu 22 Mar 2012Modified: Tue 27 Mar 2012

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