President Obama on Friday honored civil rights activist Rosa Parks with a proclamation marking the 100th anniversary of her birth.
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"On December 1, 1955, our Nation was forever transformed when an African-American seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger. Just wanting to get home after a long day at work, Rosa Parks may not have been planning to make history, but her defiance spurred a movement that advanced our journey toward justice and equality for all," the proclamation says.
He is calling upon all Americans to observe the day, Feb. 4, with "service, community, and education programs to honor Rosa Parks's enduring legacy."
The president visited the historic bus last year, and said afterward that he couldn't help but linger.
"I just sat in there for a moment and pondered the courage and tenacity that is part of our very recent history but is also part of that long line of folks who sometimes are nameless, oftentimes didn't make the history books, but who constantly insisted on their dignity, their share of the American dream."
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