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Civil rights icon Rosa Parks fought for public transit

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Many people think of Rosa Parks as a hero of the civil rights battle for defying racist Alabama segregation laws in 1955 by getting arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man and igniting the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Mrs. Parks, who was born more than 100 years ago on Feb. 4, 1913, was also an early advocate for public transportation, which is why thousands of people around the nation will observe Transit Equity Day on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
Leaders of the Transit Equity Day initiative wrote the following: One of the organizers of the Montgomery bus boycott, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., became America’s best-known spokesperson for civil rights. He helped Americans to understand that civil rights included not only the right to vote and to ride in any seat on a bus, but the right to a decent home, the right to a good job, the right to join a union, and other rights necessary for equal access to a good life.
King recognized that equal access to transportation was one of those e…