Celebration honors Rosa Parks
Gainesville residents and civil rights activists gathered Monday at the Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station in Gainesville to celebrate what would have been civil rights activist Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday. Parks, who died in 2005, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus nearly 60 years ago. Her defiance has made her one of the most well-known figures of the civil rights movement.
“All she wanted to do was to find justice for black people, and now, all these years later, she’s honored and remembered, so we want to be a part of that for as long as we’re here,” said the Rev. Milford Griner, civil rights activist.
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