A new statue was dedicated to civil rights pioneerin Alabama's capital of Montgomery on Sunday. The bronze monument was unveiled on the 64th anniversary of one of the key moments in the civil rights movement.
On December 1, 1955, Parks was arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man. Her defiance led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, spearheaded by Martin Luther King, Jr., and later the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional as it violated the 14th Amendment.
In June 1999, Parks was presented with the, Congress' highest civilian honor, for her courage and pivotal role in the history of the civil rights movement.
Montgomery mayor Steven Reed and Governor Kay Ivey attended the unveiling ceremony of the life-size statue and four historic markers which honor the plaintiffs in the landmark Browder v. Gayle case.
"I hope its presence will remind us of the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement & ensure that future generations will be better & do better," tweeted Governor Ivey.
"Today we honor Mrs. Rosa Parks act of courage and defiance some 64 years ago," Mayor Reed wrote. "Her moment born out of faith was a pilot light for a movement that would overcome fear."
Reedearlier this year when he was sworn in as the first African-American mayor of Montgomery, which was the first capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The day before his swearing-in, through the city's history. "Protesting and change has always, I think, been in the DNA of people here," he said.
Parks died in 2005 at the age of 92.
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