Mo. Honors Rosa Parks on 100th Anniversary of Her Birth

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon named Monday ‘Rosa Parks Day’ on what would have been the 100th anniversary of her birth.

“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.

Parks was born on Feb. 4, 1913 and 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., 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.

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