On the anniversary of an historic Civil Rights movement, GRTC will pay special tribute to Rosa Parks on Friday, December 1st. Parks is most well-known for her act of defiance on a Montgomery, AL bus on December 1st, 1955 that changed the course of history. On that date, she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger and was subsequently arrested and fined. Four days later, in response to Parks’ arrest, a year-long bus boycott began. It ended when the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public transportation was illegal.
The “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement” will be honored by GRTC in a fitting tribute by reserving the first passenger seat on every GRTC bus on the anniversary, this Friday. Each of these seats will have a commemorative sign displayed on them, honoring both her legacy and her dedication to the Civil Rights Movement. Operators will keep bus headlights on all day to represent her light, and the bus electronic header signs will rotate with a special message honoring Parks.