SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is honoring Rosa Parks, one of the key figures in the civil rights movement, by reserving a seat for her on their buses in celebration of her birthday.
On Tuesday, riders on MTS buses will see a sign attached to a seat towards the front that reads: “Reserved in honor of Rosa Parks: On her birthday, MTS salutes Rosa Parks whose courageous act made a seat available for everyone.”
Parks was born on Feb. 4, 1913, and Tuesday marks her 107th birthday. The iconic civil rights activist passed away in October 2005.
On Dec. 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks was riding a bus when the driver told her to give up her seat to a white passenger. She refused, and her actions eventually led to the Montgomery bus boycott and served as a moment that helped spark the fight against segregation.
Rob Schupp, the MTS Director of Marketing and Communications, told 10News, “We simply wanted to honor Rosa Parks for her contribution to society on her birthday.”
An MTS transit stop near the Mesa College campus was dedicated to Parks in 2010. It is known as the Rosa Parks Transit Center.