New Rosa Parks Monument Unveiled in Montgomery, Alabama
The statue was presented on 64th anniversary of the day she was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus.
Civil rights advocate Rosa Parks was honored with a new statue in Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday — the 64th anniversary of the day she was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus.
On December 1, 1955, Parks was on her way home on a public bus when she was asked to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back of the bus. After she refused, she was arrested, which prompted the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Last year, the Alabama state legislature approved the day as Rosa Parks Day. For its second annual celebration, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey unveiled the statue during a ceremony.
“This depiction will inspire future generations to make the pilgrimage to our city, to push toward the path of righteousness, strength, courage and equality,” said Reed, who recently became the first African American mayor of Montgomery.
Fred Gray, the attorney who defended Parks and other civil rights activists, was also in attendance at the ceremony.
Already revered as a civil rights icon, Parks went on to help found the Congressional Black Caucus. She died in 2005 at age 92.