Created by the California State Legislature in the year 2000, Rosa Parks Day honors civil rights leader Rosa Parks each year on the date she was arrested in Montgomery, AL, (December 1st). While the states of Ohio and Oregon formally recognize this date, California and Missouri choose to recognize the day of her birth (February 4th) instead.
Rosa Parks is remembered for her act of civil disobedience where she refused to give up her bus seat to a white person, which sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and further ignited the Civil Rights Movement.
Ultimately, the boycott led to segregation in buses becoming both unconstitutional and illegal.
“I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn’t hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.” —Rosa Parks
Celebrate by treating those around you equally and fairly, regardless of race, color or creed, and make sure to use #NationalRosaParksDay and/or #RosaParksDay when posting about the holiday on social media.
If you're interested in learning more, the Biography Channel has put together a really great video explaining the events leading up to and stemming from Rosa Parks's arrest — hers is truly an empowering story that people of all walks of life can learn from!
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