Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich proclaimed Wed., Dec. 1, as “Rosa Parks Day” to recognize the American hero’s refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus on Dec. 1, 1955. To honor Ms. Parks, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) placed placards about her in its transit vehicles and promoted the day through social media and ongoing policy and program efforts.
MCDOT Director Chris Conklin joined County Executive Elrich and others at a County Council presentation in recognizing Ms. Parks’ action that inspired millions to stand up for fundamental fairness.
Ms. Parks' arrest sparked the boycott that started days later of Montgomery, Ala., city buses by 42,000 African Americans. That movement helped change the course of America. “The Montgomery Bus Boycott” lasted 381 days, ending with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Nov. 13, 1956, that segregation on city buses was unconstitutional.