Tuesday, Dec. 1, marked the historic day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a public city bus to a White man in 1955. Now, in honor of the 60th anniversary of that historic event, Dallas Area Rapid Transit has remembered Parks in a significant way. This week, The Dallas Area Rapid Transit, aka DART, unveiled a reserved seat for the civil rights activist, acknowledging her courage and her resilience, Huffington Post reported.
According to reports, an image of a statue of Parks plastered with the words “Reserved in Honor of Rosa Parks” occupied the front seat of more than 500 buses.
“Her decisions to keep her seat reminds us all to focus on the larger issues of equality, opportunity, and hope for the future,” said DART president and executive director Gary Thomas in a statement. “We cannot overstate the significance of her simple and brave act.”
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson also commented on the anniversary unveiling, stating, “Rosa Parks’ actions that day set about a beginning of more understanding, a beginning of people of color have the same desires, wishes and interests in a good life as anyone else.”
Others cities should definitely take note and follow suit. What do you think of Dallas’ decision to honor Parks and the way they chose to go about it? Sound off in the comment section below.