CityLink Honors Rosa Parks on February 4, 2024 and Celebrates Black History Month with Exterior Bus Signage
CityLink is continuing its tradition of honoring Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks on February 4, 2024 by reserving a seat in her honor on each fixed route bus, along with reserving a seat on bus 2202 for the entire month of February in conjunction with Black History Month. The classic 1975 CityLink bus that is used during the annual Stuff-A-Bus food drive also features a permanent seat that is reserved in honor of Parks, and it also features exterior signage honoring Rosa Parks on the curbside of the bus.
Parks famously refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated transit bus in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955, which became one of the most infamous symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
“CityLink is proud to continue the tradition of honoring Rosa Parks on what would have been her 111th birthday. The actions she took on a public transportation bus back in 1955 had a lasting impact on the Civil Rights Movement and they continue to be felt today.”CityLink General Manager Doug Roelfs.
Parks passed away at the age of 92 in Detroit, Michigan on October 24, 2005. In addition to the seat reserved in Parks’ honor on bus 2202, there are several CityLink buses that feature Black History Month exterior signage. Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Peoria native Richard Pryor and Annie Malone are among the historic figures featured. Annie Malone is considered to be one of the first black self-made female millionaires in the United States. She has familial ties to Peoria, and she lived in Peoria and attended Peoria High School.