GRTC buses to honor Rosa Parks on Dec. 1

GRTC buses to honor Rosa Parks on Dec. 1
Rosa Parks’ act of defiance was in protest of a law that required African-Americans to give up their seats if the rows marked for white passengers were full. (Source: GRTC)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - GRTC will honor Rosa Parks on the anniversary of her arrest.

Parks was arrested Dec. 1, 1955, for refusing to move from her seat on a bus in Montgomery, AL, prompting a boycott that led to a Supreme Court decision that outlawed segregation on public transit.

The first passenger seat on every GRTC bus will be reserved with a commemorative sign in honor of Parks.

Headlights on all buses will be on all day as a tribute and the electronic message boards on the buses will display a message honoring Parks.

Headlights on all buses will be on all day as a tribute and the electronic message boards on the buses will display a message honoring Parks.
Headlights on all buses will be on all day as a tribute and the electronic message boards on the buses will display a message honoring Parks. (Source: GRTC)

Parks’ act of defiance was in protest of a law that required African-Americans to give up their seats if the rows marked for white passengers were full.

In 1943, Catherine Jones Coleman was arrested in Richmond and fined $5 for the same act.

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