To honor famed civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks on what would have been her 100th birthday, Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed Monday, Feb. 4, as Rosa Parks Day in Missouri. A state law passed in 2006 designates that date to especially remember and honor the late Ms. Parks, who was born on Feb. 4, 1913 and who died in 2005.
Best remembered for her refusal in 1955 to obey the order of a bus driver to give up her seat to a white male passenger on a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., Rosa Parks has been described as the "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement." Her refusal led to the successful boycott of the segregated city bus system, and is considered one of the seminal events of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
"As Missourians, we can honor the legacy of this courageous woman on the 100th anniversary of her birth by continuing to ensure that the civil rights of all Americans are protected," Gov. Nixon said.