Mont­gomery un­veils statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

MONT­GOMERY, Ala. — A new statue of civil rights pi­o­neer Rosa Parks was ded­i­cated in Alabama’s cap­i­tal city Sun­day, the 64th an­niver­sary of her his­toric re­fusal to give up her seat on a pub­lic bus.

Mont­gomery Mayor Steven Reed and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey pulled back a cloth to un­veil the statue be­fore a crowd of about 400 spec­ta­tors.

The cer­e­mony co­in­cided with the an­niver­sary of Parks’ Dec. 1, 1955 ar­rest that sparked the Mont­gomery Bus Boy­cott.

“This de­pic­tion will in­spire fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to make the pil­grim­age to our city, to push to­ward the path of right­eous­ness, strength,” said Reed, who re­cently be­came the first African Amer­i­can mayor of Mont­gomery.

Four gran­ite mark­ers honor plain­tiffs in Brow­der v. Gayle, the court case that de­ter­mined seg­re­ga­tion on city buses was un­con­sti­tu­tional.

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