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Buses in Eau Claire honor civil rights icon Rosa Parks

(WQOW) -- Buses across the country and here in Wisconsin commemorated a civil rights icon.

Tuesday was transit equity day honoring Rosa Parks. She refused to give up her seat in a segregated Alabama bus in 1955.

That led to a year-long boycott of buses in Montgomery.

On Tuesday all buses in Eau Claire had a front seat reserved Tuesday.

They had a poster on the seat explaining the reservation and Park's significant contribution to the civil rights movement.

"A lot of people sometimes take public transit in communities for granted," said Tom Wagner, Eau Claire Transit Manager. "There's a lot that has gone on, and there's a lot that public transit brings to a community, and one of those things is transportation for everyone - not just a few."

Tuesday would have been Parks 107th birthday.

Dani Smith

News Producer

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