Wednesday, June 19, 2024

WAVE honors Rosa Parks with reserved bus seat

WAVE Transit is reserving a seat at the front of each bus for Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks. (Courtesy WAVE Transit).

WILMINGTON — WAVE Transit is saving a seat for Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks on Feb. 4, her birthday.

One seat at the front of every bus will hold a placard explaining Rosa Parks’ role in ending racial segregation on public transportation.

Following Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat to a white man in 1955, the Black community in Montgomery, Alabama boycotted the bus system for more than a year. The bus company in Montgomery was forced to desegregate due to lost revenue.

Shortly thereafter, lawyers from the NAACP successfully argued the unconstitutionality of segregation on buses. On December 21, 1956, Black passengers returned to their bus systems, sitting wherever they chose. 

 The tribute to Rosa Parks will remain at the front of each bus through the weekend.

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