Transit Equity Day is honoring civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks on Tuesday with free bus rides in selected cities nationwide.
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, ABQ Ride is offering free rides on all buses and Sun Vans, KRQE reported.
Ride free all day Tuesday, Feb. 4 on ABQ RIDE buses & Sun Vans. This is in celebration of Transit Equity Day, a joint venture by both Transit & the Mayor's Office of Equity & Inclusion. For information, go to the story on the front page of https://t.co/0QDDYhF7aZ. Enjoy the ride! pic.twitter.com/3FoKzcpMbB— ABQ RIDE 🚌 (@abqride) February 3, 2020
Tuesday was also Parks’ birthday. She was born Feb. 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama on Dec. 1, 1955, leading to a yearlong bus boycott in Montgomery.
A similar promotion was held in Norwich, Connecticut.
Last year, Norwich marked the days as riders, transit workers, environmental advocates and policymakers celebrated Parks' stand, The Bulletin reported.
Today, we celebrate civil rights leader Rosa Parks, born on this day in 1913. By refusing to give up her seat on a city bus in 1955, she helped initiate the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the desegregation of public buses. We honor her birthday by celebrating #TransitEquityDay pic.twitter.com/dPUcnQa6zi— ORBT (@rideORBT) February 4, 2020
"It's been 64 years since Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and initiated the Montgomery bus boycott," Taylor Mayes, communications coordinator for CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs., told the Bulletin. "This powerful act, along with the support of many other courageous, mainly low-income domestic workers, led to the desegregation of the public bus system."
Charleston, South Carolina, officials marked the day by honoring Parks. but also paid tribute to Mary Bowers, who led a fight in 1867 to desegregate horse-drawn carriages in the city, WCDB reported.
#TransitEquityDay is today, the birthday of Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks. In 1955 Ms.Parks knew ALL people deserved access, & dignity in using, public transit. In Athens, the Mayor & Commission has the opportunity to invest in the 2nd year of our transition to #ZeroFareTransit pic.twitter.com/91enUSnY8H— Commissioner Tim Denson (@TimDenson4ATH) February 4, 2020
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