TARC Saves a Seat for Rosa Parks in honor of Black History Month

February 2, 2022

TARC is saving a seat on every bus in its fleet throughout Black History Month to honor Rosa Parks and her contribution to the civil rights movement. Each seat will feature a sign reminding customers of how Parks changed history on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.

According to RosaParks.org, her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger led to her arrest and triggered a wave of protests in Montgomery and communities throughout the South. Black residents of Montgomery and sympathizers of other races organized and promoted a boycott of the city bus line that lasted more than a year. Thousands took part in additional protests such as sit-ins, eat-ins, swim-ins, and similar causes to demand equal rights for all people. Parks’ quiet courageous act changed the course of American history.

“Rosa Parks’ bravery and commitment to justice and equality helped end legal segregation in America, and it all began on a city bus,” said TARC Executive Director Carrie Butler. “TARC is proud to join transit agencies across the country to honor her legacy and the movement she helped to create.” https://www.youtube.com/embed/C3yUWaLCc80?feature=oembed