Rosa Parks was honored with a new statue in Montgomery, Alabama, 64 years after she was arrested for refusing to move to the back of a city bus. December 1 marked the second annual Rosa Parks Day in Alabama, after the state legislature approved the honor for the civil rights icon last year. “She was a consummate contributor to equality and did so with a quiet humility that is an example for all of us,” said Mayor Steven Reed, the city’s first African American mayor. Parks was on her way home from work on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man. Her subsequent arrest prompted the 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system, organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Rosa Parks was honored with a new statue in Montgomery, Alabama, 64 years after she was arrested for refusing to move to the back of a city bus. December 1 marked the second annual Rosa Parks Day in Alabama, after the state legislature approved the honor for the civil rights icon last year. “She was a consummate contributor to equality and did so with a quiet humility that is an example for all of us,” said Mayor Steven Reed, the city’s first African American mayor. Parks was on her way home from work on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man. Her subsequent arrest prompted the 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system, organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
(📸: WBMA and Underwood Archives/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

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