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Rosa Parks Day marks her 100th birthday

10:18 AM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - Monday has been declared Rosa Parks Day in Missouri, marking what would have been her 100th birthday.

The declaration was made by Gov. Jay Nixon.

"As Missourians, we can honor the legacy of this courageous woman on the 100th anniversary of her birth by continuing to ensure that the civil rights of all Americans are protected," said Gov. Nixon.

In 2006 a state law was passed that designated February 4 as the date to remember Parks, who died in 2005.

Parks is remembered for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white male bus passenger in Montgomery Alabama in 1955. Her refusal led to a boycott of the segregated bus system.

She died in 2005.

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