For the her iconic refusal to give her seat, DART Buses will honored Rosa Parks by saving seats at the front of the bus according to a WFAA article from December 1 which reports,
“This week Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is honoring the life and legacy of Rosa Parks by reserving a seat at the front of each of its 692 buses in its fleet.
Dec. 1 is the 66th anniversary of when Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give up her bus seat to make room for a white passenger on a segregated bus.
Parks’ quiet act of defiance sparked a movement locally in Montgomery, but it also resonated around the nation and the world. In the decades since, she’s become revered as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”
The celebration and honoring of Rosa Parks was brought by Toni Rose and Gordon Shattles who both admired Rosa Parks’ defiance and spirit according to a Kera News article from December 1. In it they say,
“State Representative Toni Rose, a Dallas Democrat, authored the bill to mark Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day in Texas.
“Rosa Parks Day allows us and future generations to remember our progress as a nation and continue the movement towards freedom for all Americans,” Rose said in a statement.
Gordon Shattles with DART says the agency supported the legislation and will continue to honor Parks’ legacy.
“Each year, we will do more to highlight what she meant to our country, what she meant to Americans and we look forward to doing this one for many more years to come,” Shattles said.”
DART, in their Facebook page, posted a photo of their bus which reserved a front seat for Rosa Parks. The said front seat, along with many other front seats in different buses, held a placard showing an image of a statue of Rosa Parks located in Downtown Dallas. The placard also contained information about Rosa Parks’ involvement back in 1995 which became her legacy.
It has been 26 years since Park’s historical and undaunted act of defiance. Many look up to her not just as an icon who stood up for other people but also as an ordinary person who stood up for herself.