Rosa Parks honored with new memorial in Montgomery
Sixty-six years ago on a bus in Montgomery, Rosa Parks carved her name in history when she refused to give up her seat to a white man.
Dec. 1 is recognized across the country as Rosa Parks Day. This year, a new memorial was unveiled in Montgomery near the spot of her arrest in 1955.
The dedication kicked off a week of activities in Montgomery reflecting on Parks and her actions, which provided the initial push for the start of the modern civil rights movement.
Tuscaloosa civil rights foot soldier Harrison Taylor said Parks was always larger than life.
“She is one of the mothers of the civil rights movement,” Taylor said. “I got to meet her when I was in Montgomery once. I took my aunt when I was a young teenager to a meeting down there and Ms. Rosa Parks was there. Me being a teenager, I didn’t know much about what was going on, but I know this day speaks volumes for the civil rights movement and for the state of Alabama. What a joy to recognize somebody that had grace, kindness, and a lot of nerve to do what she did on that day. It changed America forever.”
Parks passed away in 2005.