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Rosa Parks Honored on Metro Bus Fleet

Photo of Rosa Parks.

The Metropolitan King County Council unanimously approved a motion honoring Rosa Parks’ life and her role in the struggle for civil rights, and asked the County Executive to place a message in all Metro Transit buses dedicating the front seat in her honor for the month of November. Ms. Parks’ refusal to leave her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus sparked a new era in the civil rights movement. Ms. Parks passed away last week [October 24, 2005].

"Ms. Parks is gone, but her act of defiance on a public bus changed all of our lives –- for bus riders and BMW commuters alike," said Councilmember Dwight Pelz, the prime sponsor of the motion. "It is appropriate that we honor her on the buses owned & operated by Martin Luther King, Jr. County. A new generation of bus riders will see a reminder of how a simple act can change the world."

"Ms. Parks was small in stature, but her legacy casts a large shadow," said Councilmember Larry Gossett. "It is fitting that here—in the county named for the young Baptist minister, Martin Luther King, Jr., who helped organize the bus boycott that grew out her arrest—that we honor her legacy, an act of courage and conscience that help bring an end to American Apartheid."

The interior banners include a thought-provoking message about Rosa Parks, along with a picture of her quietly sitting at the front of the bus and with the words, "Rosa Parks, A Quest for Human Dignity. A Quiet Act of Courage," followed by her quote: "Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others. – Rosa Parks 1913-2005".

Photo of interior banner: Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
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The seat signs are affixed to the headrest area of the first front-facing seat seen when entering the front doors of the bus. The sign dedicates the front seat in honor of Rosa Parks. Like all seats on Metro, it is open for anyone to sit in.

Photo of seat dedication: Seat dedication in honor of Rosa Parks, 1913-2005.
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This December will mark the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. Her act launched the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States helping to end legal segregation in America.

Updated: Nov. 1, 2005