WASHINGTON – On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following statement on this anniversary:
“Rosa Parks was a hero of the civil rights movement,” said Chairman Priebus. “On this day 58 years ago, the 42-year-old seamstress took a bold stand—by staying seated. Her arrest ignited a bus boycott that challenged the injustice of segregation and in turn helped to change this nation for the better.
“We remember and honor Rosa Parks today for the role she played in fighting racism and ending segregation. At the same time we rededicate ourselves to the causes of justice and equal opportunity."
“In an act of quiet bravery, Rosa Parks made a statement heard around the county,” said Co-Chairman Day. “We should remember her example: strength in the face adversity, resolve in the midst of injustice, faith in hard times.
“Earlier this year, a statue of Rosa Parks was placed in the U.S. Capitol. Hers was the first statue of an African-American woman to be placed there, and that’s a testament to her monumental role in our nation’s history. We honor her legacy today and tell her story so that it lives on through the generations.”
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