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Black History Month: Rosa Parks


Milwaukee, WI – By refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala. City bus in 1955, Rosa Parks helped initiate the civil rights movement in the U.S. Each year on December 1st, to honor the life of Rosa Parks and her contribution to equal rights, MCTS keeps a seat open and the headlights shining on its entire fleet. Parks was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man in Montgomery, Ala., on December 1, 1955. Her small act of civil disobedience led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that outlawed segregation on public transportation. 

Every bus in the MCTS fleet has a seat reserved in honor of Rosa Parks on December 1st each year. The sign (as shown above) features a picture of her on the bus and one of her famous quotes, “My only concern was to get home after a hard day’s work.”