Civil rights icon Rosa Parks was born on Feb. 4, 1913.
Today, we celebrate Transit Equity Day – a national day of action to commemorate Parks’ birthday and declare that public transit is a civil right.
She was a giant of a woman, but she had such a humble way of doing her work.
She became famous for that her act of defiance on Dec. 1, 1955, though she continued her work in civil rights education and advocacy throughout her life.
When she was 83 years old, Parks embarked on a 40-city tour that lasted 381 days – the same length of time as the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Seattle was one stop on the tour, and Sound Transit Chief Labor Relations Officer Leslie Jones had a chance to meet Parks while she was in town.
Jones said she was “humbled and thrilled” later in her career to receive several awards named after the “mother of civil rights.”
“One of the things I learned from Rosa Louise McCauley Parks is that we cannot let fear stop us from doing the right thing,” she said. “We have to identify what is right and what is not acceptable. And we saw that by way of all of the people who got into the streets for George Floyd.”
“We have to stand up for ourselves and for each other, and for the world we want to live in,” Jones said.
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