Maysville Kentucky Blog

The Maysville Kentucky Blog is your guide to the beautiful and historic small town of Maysville Kentucky, snuggled into the rolling hills along the Ohio River. Though this blog has been discontinued, you can get your Maysville Kentucky fix over at Ken Downing's Mason County Kentucky Blog @ http://masoncountyky.blogspot.com

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Black History Month: New Road Honors Rosa Parks

The Ledger Independent recently reported that a new road that is being built near Meadowview Regional Medical Center will be named "Rosa Parks Drive" in honor of the woman that the U.S. Congress has dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement".

From the Wikipedia article on :

Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey a bus driver's demand that she give up her seat to a white passenger. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history, and launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Her role in American history earned her an iconic status in American culture, and her actions have left an enduring legacy for civil rights movements worldwide.

The idea for naming the road after Rosa Parks came from Isaac Jones, a local resident, who approached city commissioners at the February meeting to suggest naming a street after Parks. According to the Ledger, Jones said, "I wanted to do this because she was a great inspiration to Americans. She started one of the strongest movements in our country."

Rosa Parks passed away in October of last year.

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