Joyce Beatty Initiates Rosa Parks National Holiday

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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty pitched legislation to get the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus recognized as a federal holiday. 

Rosa Parks’ legacy may soon have a special day of recognition after Congresswomen Joyce Beatty pitched legislation to get the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus on December 1, 1955 recognized as a federal holiday. 

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Congressman Beatty, who played a significant role in getting “Rosa Parks Day” observed in Ohio 16 years ago, thinks that Parks needs to be recognized nationally after sparking a movement that is “interwoven in the fabric of justice in America.”  

Beatty said in statement obtained by REVOLT, “Through her willingness to sit, Rosa Parks stood up for what she believed in. I was proud to lead the push to make the Buckeye State the first state to officially recognize Rosa Parks Day. It’s now time for us to come together as a nation to honor this American hero through a new national holiday,” 

“Rosa Parks Day” has already been established in 5 states throughout America, but they celebrate the day on different days. In Missouri and California, Parks’ birthday on February 4 is the day of observance and in Oregon, Alabama and Ohio it’s on December 1. 

“Her quiet, dignified courage helped inspire a civil rights movement that changed this country for the better. I’m so proud to introduce the Rosa Parks Day Act to make December 1 a national holiday in her honor. Such a day will ensure the memory of her brave sacrifice lives on in America’s story for generations to come,” said US Rep Terri Sewell.  

Currently, Martin Luther King Jr is the only civil rights movement activists to be recognized in the United States with a federal holiday. The holiday was first observed on January 20, 1986. The other activists like Parks, Malcom X and John Lewis are only honored in select cities and states.  

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