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Morgan Lyons

November 30, 2005

National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks

DART honors civil rights pioneer December 1

The front seat of 150 DART buses will be set aside Dec. 1 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' refusal to surrender her seat on a segregated Montgomery, Alabama bus.

Transit agencies nationwide are marking Mrs. Parks' act of defiance that launched the modern civil rights movement in various ways, most by reserving a front seat on their buses.

Following Mrs. Parks' death in October, DART honored her for "taking a stand simply by taking a seat" in advertisements on the buses and paratransit vehicles. As part of the Dec. 1 observance, similar tributes will be displayed on the electronic message boards inside DART Rail cars.

The DART Board of Directors approved a special proclamation celebrating the "National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day" during its November 29 meeting.

Click here to view more information from the American Public Transportation Association: Transit Agencies Nationwide Pay Tribute to Rosa Parks on December 1.
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December 1 is a National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day. This seat is reserved in memory of Rosa Parks, a woman who took a stand simply by taking a seat on this date 50 years ago. Rosa Parks, 1913-2005

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