ROSA PARKS LEGACY APPRECIATED AT IRVINGTON TERMINAL!
On Sunday, February 24th, the People's Organization for Progress and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) will host a memorial rally to observe the centennial birth anniversary of Civil Rights legend Rosa Parks.
This gathering will take place at 2pm at the Irvington Bus Terminal's memorial plaque dedicated to Parks. The Irvington Bus Terminal, operated by NJ TRANSIT, is located at 1085 Clinton Avenue in downtown Irvington. The terminal is at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Clinton Avenue in the heart of the Irvington business district. The Rosa Parks Memorial plaque is located on the Clinton Avenue side of the terminal.
The plaque was installed several years ago at the behest of the NJ chapter of COMTO.
Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913. She passed away October 24, 2005.
The event will spotlight how Parks' incredible act of defiance daring to face arrest to protest segregated busing in Montgomery, Alabama back on December 1, 1955, not only sparked the epic Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the end of segregated busing in Alabama, but the beginning of the end of segregated public transportation in the whole country.
"Let us appreciate that would Rosa Parks did, she did at considerable to her own life," said Lawrence Hamm, founding chairman for the People's Organization for Progress.
"On top of facing arrest, she could have been beaten, raped and killed, but with her legendary courage and grace, she did it anyway and we have a whole lot more dignity now as result," he finished emphatically.