Riders on Westchester's Bee-Line buses reserve seat in honor of Rosa Parks
It's been a half-century since Rosa Parks helped spark the civil rights movement and residents in Westchester are showing their appreciation. In 1955 while riding a bus, Parks refused to give up her front row seat to a white passenger and was arrested. On Thursday, she is being honored by the transit system that changed her life and the outlook of the nation. All Bee-Line buses in Westchester are reserving the front seat in her memory and a bus has been named in Parks? honor.
Parks? actions sparked a citywide boycott of buses, lasting more than a year and ending with a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation. Locally, many African Americans riding the buses say it's only right to see the seat kept empty on the 50th anniversary.