Bristol Bus Boycott 1963



Although the 1948 British Nationality Act gave full rights of entry and settlement to people born or naturalized in either the United Kingdom or one of its colonies, a color bar existed. The color bar was a policy that stopped Black and Asian people from entering pubs, bars, working in certain jobs etc. At the time, employers couldn't be prosecuted for discriminating on racist grounds.


At the state-owned Bristol Omnibus Company, run by the local council, the color bar was an open secret.


Following various acts of discrimination, several people by the name of; Owen Henry, Paul Stephenson, Guy Bailey, Roy Hackett, and Prince Brown formed a group to lobby for rights.


On April 30th, 1963, th