For most of her life Mrs. Rosa Parks used public bus system as her primary means of travel. On the occasion of the 57th anniversary of her arrest (December 1, 1955) it is fitting that we acknowledge the challenges faced by those who now depend on buses to conduct their daily routines such as work, school, medical, grocery shopping, church etc.
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development is hosting a Candle Light Vigil Saturday, December 1, 2012, to honor the memory of Mrs. Parks’ act of courage on a legally racially segregated bus in Montgomery, AL. This was the catalyst that changed the course of history in this country as we knew it.
Current bus riders will share their stories to “enlighten” us about their reliance on public transportation and the urgency of the need for these services to be public, affordable and reliable. Participants will light a candle symbolic of Mrs. Parks’ willingness to make a sacrifice for justice on behalf of other bus riders. We hope you will join us and follow Mrs. Parks’ example by becoming an advocate for Transportation Justice.
The program is being held at 3:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the Rosa Parks Transit Center in downtown Detroit. Spread the word and bring your family and friends to be a part of this event.
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