Monday, December 16, 2019

A Tribute to Rosa Parks

The Milwaukee County Transit System in the US state of Wisconsin had paid a special tribute to a woman from Montgomery, Alabama. 

It was December 01, 1955 when Rosa Parks (left) courageously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and setting in motion a Supreme Court ruling that outlawed segregation on public transportation. 

Sixty-four years on, the Milwaukee County Transit System honored her contribution by keeping one seat open on every bus in its fleet for three days. 

From December 01-03, each reserved seat included a red rose and a special placard featuring Parks’ photo and a message about her simple act of bravery.

This was the fourth year that MCTS had organized an on-board tribute to Parks. The annual effort has gained widespread attention on social media and inspired transit agencies across the country to implement similar initiatives. 

Whether Americans care to admit it or not, even today, racial and ethnic inequalities loom large in their society. So says the Urban Institute, a Washington DC-based think tank that carries out economic and social policy research. 

Events in Charlotte, Baton Rouge, Ferguson, and Baltimore have again ignited public discourse around race and inequality in the country. 

The Rosa Parks tribute, therefore, serves as a timely reminder that the fight for real equality for Americans of color is ongoing. 

Celtic ensured their eviction from the top of the Scottish Premiership was brief with a 2-0 win over Hibernian on Sunday. Note: Rangers had leapfrogged the former by a mere point with their own 2-0 victory against Motherwell just three hours earlier. 

Dutch full-back Jeremie Frimpong capitalized on an opponent’s mistake to put his side ahead in the thirty-ninth minute. And then, French striker Odsonne Edouard doubled their lead on 66 minutes.

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