November 28, 2005





Rosa Park


On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to relinquish her seat on a public transit bus to a white man in Montgomery, Ala. sparking a year-long bus boycott in the city and propelling her to prominence as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” Parks passed away on October 24, 2005, at the age of 92.

It was that moment on a public transit bus on December 1, 1955, that turned a private woman into a symbol in the quest for racial equality. ¬†Parks’ act of civil disobedience on that public transit bus helped prompt the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's.¬† In refusing to move, she clarified for people far beyond Montgomery, the malice and shame inherent in the laws and customs of segregation.

As a tribute to Parks, on the 50th Anniversary of her historic civil rights action, public transit agencies across the country are honoring Parks in varying ways. Golden Gate Transit will honor Parks during the month of December 2005 by:


  • Placing a special decal, 4” by 6”, on the window of the first seat of each GGT bus (see sample artwork below).
  • Placing posters honoring Parks at the San Rafel Transit Center, and in bus shelters at key transfer points including the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, Marin City, and San Anselmo.
  • Publishing a tribute article in GGT’s December edition of its customer newsletter, Golden Gate Gazette.

Golden Gate Transit, as a public transit provider, salutes Mrs. Rosa Parks!

Rosa Parks Tribute Decal