On Thursday, Westchester County’s Bee-Line System will join transit systems throughout the country in a tribute to Rosa Parks, the late civil rights pioneer who died Oct. 24. On this, the 50th anniversary of her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger, a seat at the front of every Bee-Line bus will be reserved in her memory for the day. A flyer on the seat will explain why.
Parks’ refusal to give up her seat led to a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama bus system and to a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation. Dec. 1 has been declared “National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day” by the American Public Transportation Association.
Westchester previously named one of its buses after Rosa Parks, part of the bus system’s ongoing practice of naming buses after important people who made an impact on the county. Her name has been affixed on the exterior of the bus and placards have been installed inside the bus describing her heroic act.