Bus Pays Tribute to Civil Rights Leader
By Lookout Staff
December 1 -- A black ribbon will be draped across the first seat on every Big Blue Bus Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on the segregated bus in 1955 spurred a yearlong boycott of the city’s bus system that eventually helped overturn segregation laws throughout the South.
Her defiant act helped propel Parks into the national spotlight as an advocate for human rights and racial equality. Parks -- who died in her Detroit home on October 24 at age 92 -- was often referred to as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”
“We wanted to publicly acknowledge Mrs. Parks for her dignified act of courage so many years ago, when few dared to speak out against inequality,” said Big Blue Bus General Manager Stephanie Negriff.
“Her lifelong dedication and belief in the rights and privileges of every human being touched a whole nation and made our country a better place to live,” Negriff said.
In addition to draping a black ribbon on the bus seats, specially prepared information cards detailing Parks’ life story will be made available to passengers.
Other public transportation agencies around the country will take part in the national transit tribute to Parks and the anniversary of the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott on December 1.
About the Big Blue Bus:
In honor of its continuing accomplishments, the Big Blue Bus has won the prestigious American Transportation Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award four times since 1983.
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