A New Statue

January 10, 2020
MICKEY WELSH—MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER/AP

December 1, 1955, was a major moment in civil rights history. Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on a bus to a white passenger. It was in a part of the bus set aside for white people. This was illegal at the time in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks was arrested. But her action sparked a movement: the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

December 1 is now known as Rosa Parks Day in some states, including Alabama. On Rosa Parks Day in 2019, there was a ceremony. It took place in Montgomery. It celebrated Parks with a statue. Alabama governor Kay Ivey was there to honor Parks. “No one has ever stood so tall as did Rosa Parks when she sat down,” Ivey said.