MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AL.com) — A rally is taking place Tuesday to support the establishment of a holiday to honor late civil rights leader Rosa Parks.
The rally will be held at the Alabama State Capitol Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. State legislators Rep. Laura Hall and Sen. Vivian Figures have sponsored bills in both chambers that would designate Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day.
Hall and Figures will speak at the event, along with Dr. Quinton Ross, president of Alabama State University; Bishop Harry Seawright, Presiding Bishop, 9th District AME Church; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor Troy University; and Wayne Reynolds, Chairman, Global Institute for Freedom and Justice.
If passed, Alabama would become one of only five states with a day to honor Parks. She would be the first woman in Alabama honored with a holiday.
Parks was arrested on Dec. 1, 1955 after refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus. Her refusal touched off the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the civil rights movement.
Parks, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal during her lifetime, died in 2005.
Currently, California and Missouri celebrate Rosa Parks Day on her birthday, Feb. 4. Ohio and Oregon celebrate a holiday in Parks’ honor on Dec. 1, the date she was arrested.