Rosa Parks Day
Rosa Parks Day honors the American Civil Rights hero on December 1st, the day she refused to give up her seat for a white passenger while riding a Montgomery, Alabama city bus. In some states it’s also celebrated on February 4th, her birthday, or the first Monday after her birthday – February 5th in 2024.
HOW TO OBSERVE ROSA PARKS DAY
Learn more about Rosa Parks, her experiences on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and her role in the Civil Rights movement. Discover how the Montgomery Bus Boycott affected the bussing system. Several books and films offer insight to this day in history and the Civil Rights movement to follow.
- Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation by Gregory J. Reed and Rosa Parks
- Rosa Parks by Rosa Parks
- She Would Not Be Moved by Herbert R. Kohl
- Boycott (2001)
- Selma (2014)
You can also visit the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University.
Rosa Parks Day is officially celebrated in several states, including California, Ohio, Alabama, Missouri, Oregon, and Tennessee. There have been proposals for the day to be made into a federal holiday, unifying the day it’s celebrated.