Rosa Parks honored locally

Roseville Transit reserves bus seat in recognition of civil rights icon
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On Dec. 1, 1955, a woman named Rosa Parks was arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger. Roseville Transit is honoring the civil rights icon today by taking part in the National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day by reserving a front bus seat in her honor. The tribute marks the 55th anniversary of Parks’ refusal to give up her seat. The 42-year-old seamstress wasn’t the first African American to protest the racist Jim Crow law that required her to move, but she garnered the most support. Her act of defiance served as the catalyst for the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. that helped launch the Civil Rights Movement. At the time, Parks served as secretary of the Montgomery NAACP and had recently learned about non-violent protest tactics. In later recounts of the event, Parks said she didn’t move from her seat that day because she was “tired of giving in.” After Parks’ arrest, she was one of four women who filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s segregation laws. In November 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregated seating on buses unconstitutional. In 1996, Parks received the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her non-violent civil disobedience against racist injustices. She died in 2005 at 92 years old. ~ Sena Christian