Honoring Ancestress Rosa Parks

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In Honor of Ancestress Sister Rosa Parks' stand, Community Transit (Snohomish County, Washington state), has placed her picture on the outside of the bus next to the seat she was sitting in. (5th row, eh?)

(apologies, but just in case this story gets buried in their archives, i'm gonna go ahead and post the whole thing here.)

Have a seat, Mrs. Parks
Civil rights icon's picture graces 20 bus windows

By Lukas Velush
Herald Writer

Community Transit is honoring the 50th anniversary of civil rights activist Rosa Parks' arrest by placing her image on the exterior of 20 of its buses. Parks' heroism helped spark the civil rights movement.
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Kevin Nortz / The Herald

Look carefully, and you may see Rosa Parks sitting in the same row of the bus as when she refused to give up her seat 50 years ago today in Montgomery, Ala.

Community Transit has placed pictures of Parks on the windows of 20 buses that will be traveling around Snohomish County in the next month.

The image, a profile shot of Parks, is fixed so it looks as if she is sitting in the fifth row of the bus, the same row she sat in when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on Dec. 1, 1955.

"The fact is that she was one of the first black Afro-Americans to sit up in front in that part of the country," said Christopher Gaines, a Community Transit bus driver. "It's really honoring her by putting her on the bus like that."

Today is the 50th anniversary of Parks' act of civil disobedience. Her refusal to move is largely regarded as the beginning of the civil rights movement in the United States.

Gaines said he would not be a professional bus driver today if not for Parks, who died in October.

"I came up from the 'hood, for real, down on Union Street in Seattle," he said. "Just to hear her story when I was a young guy, it gave me the courage to step out."

Community Transit board member Carlton Gipson will introduce a resolution honoring Parks' contribution to civil rights at the agency's board meeting today. Gipson is a city councilman from Brier.

"Here's someone with courage," Gipson said of Parks. "She didn't set out to do this on the day she woke up.

"She had the courage to stand up for what she believed was right, or what she believed was wrong, in this case," he said.

Gipson said it's fitting that a transit agency recognize Parks.

"Our communities are made up of a lot of diverse ethnic backgrounds, and not everybody knows what Rosa Parks did," he said. "This might be a symbol to them that one person can make a difference. Hopefully, it inspires them to ask questions."

Gipson was 6 years old when Parks refused to give up her seat, so he doesn't remember the moment.

"Personally, I do feel like she affected my life," he said.

So far, Gaines has driven one of the buses with Parks' image on itonce.

"It's a picture of what she actually looked like. It's her," he said. "People can understand how she felt. She was willing to take the chance to go to jail so that we could have freedom."

Gaines said one man went so far as to ask if it was OK to sit next to her.

"It was so amazing, a gentlemen said, 'Can I sit here?'" Gaines said. "I said, 'Yeah, it would be an honor for you to sit where her picture is.' "

(my family has lived in this county for the last 35+ years. lately i've been really hating this space because these people are just so "white" (in addition to the skin; their attitudes are just that "non-Life-affirming").

not sure if i have mixed feelings, or why i should (just automatically suspicious of the underlying reasons for all that white folks do), but i'm glad they did something. i'll be sure to be watching for the pic as i go about my day.)
 

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anAfrican said:
In Honor of Ancestress Sister Rosa Parks' stand, Community Transit (Snohomish County, Washington state), has placed her picture on the outside of the bus next to the seat she was sitting in. (5th row, eh?)

(apologies, but just in case this story gets buried in their archives, i'm gonna go ahead and post the whole thing here.)



(my family has lived in this county for the last 35+ years. lately i've been really hating this space because these people are just so "white" (in addition to the skin; their attitudes are just that "non-Life-affirming").

not sure if i have mixed feelings, or why i should (just automatically suspicious of the underlying reasons for all that white folks do), but i'm glad they did something. i'll be sure to be watching for the pic as i go about my day.)

Brother AnAfrican, thanks for posting this thread, and the wonderful picture, on the 50 year anniversary of Rosa Parks singular act of courage...

December 1st of every year should be commemorated by every child - particularly BLACK CHILDREN - in this country, just as MLK DAY is commemorated... It is just as important, because without it, MLK would not have become the celebrated figure he is today... Thanks again, AnAfrican, for this timely remembrance...

Peace!
Isaiah
 

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