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Today Declared as Rosa Parks Human Rights Day
53 years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. That single act--that led to her arrest and the Montgomery Bus Boycott--made her a symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Here in Los Angeles, the Blue Line Imperial/Wilmington Metro Rail station was dedicated to her in 1998, but today the public transit agency took it a step further, they announced: "It wasn't a bus that started it but a bus was certainly the setting, so it is fitting, then, that Metro Board has declared today--the date Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat to a white male passenger--Rosa Parks Human Rights Day. "