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February 4, 2017 AT 2:40 am

Rosa Parks in Her Own Words #BlackHistoryMonth #RosaParksDay

Rosa Parks Day is an American holiday in only 4 U.S. states: California, my home state of Missouri, Ohio, and Oregon. The latter two states celebrate the holiday on the day Rosa Parks was arrested, December 1. The former two states celebrate the holiday on her birthday, today, February 4. Here at Adafruit we follow the latter designation & commend Rosa Parks for her commitment to social justice and equal rights for all. And I personally hope more states adopt a holiday in her honor in whatever way they see fit for their citizenry. And on that note the state of NY’s PBS Learning Media have a quick video below of Rosa in her own words, retelling her story and the moment that resulted in an eventual Supreme Court decision:

This interview with civil rights activist Rosa Parks describes her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. On December 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her refusal sparked a massive bus boycott that lasted 381 days, ending on December 21, 1956, after the United States Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation on city buses was unconstitutional.

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