TOPEKA, KANSAS (November 27, 2017) — Topeka Metro is offering a free ride day on all fixed routes on Friday, December 1st, in recognition of the 62nd anniversary of Rosa Parks’ action on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the “colored” section of a segregated city bus to a white passenger. Her act of civil disobedience, along with the ensuing Montgomery Bus Boycott, became part of the national Civil Rights Movement, which brought about sweeping change for African-Americans.
“Transit played a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement. It is important to continue to share Rosa Parks’ story and Topeka Metro is proud to recognize her efforts for the benefit of all people,” said Susan Duffy, General Manager of Topeka Metro. This is the third year of the Remember Rosa free ride campaign.