Bus Riders’ Group Site Civil Rights Connections on Rosa Parks Centenary
Progress Noted but Challenges to Transportation Justice Remain
DETROIT – Today, the Director of the North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC) issued a statement commemorating February 4, 2013 the 100th birthday of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Rev. Joan C. Ross spoke on behalf of NEWCC to celebrate the progress made since Mrs. Parks sparked the seminal Montgomery Alabama bus boycott almost 60 years ago. Rev. Ross also noted the work that remains to be done.
“We are thankful to Mrs. Parks and all those who battle to overcome segregation and injustice,” said Reverend Joan Ross Director of the North End Woodward Community Coalition. “But we owe it to their legacy to carry the torch for those who are disenfranchised today. One of the NEWCC bus riders said ‘we used to fight to sit on the bus, now we fight to get on the bus.’ We believe good public transportation is just as much a right as roads that are taken for granted as being crucial infrastructure. The high dependence on public transport by those with low income makes that lack of infrastructure an issue of justice. ”
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