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Transit Equity Day Honors Rosa Parks & the Civil Rights Movement

By January 31, 2023February 9th, 2023No Comments

We’re celebrating the 110th birthday of Rosa Parks on Transit Equity Day, a day we commemorate Rosa Parks as an iconic figure in the movements for social justice and racial equality. She played a major role in ending legal segregation on public transportation systems in the United States during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

“Citilink understands the important role that public transportation brings to providing an equitable environment in our community. We are proud to share an update to the Racial Equity pledge we made to our community in 2022. Transit Equity Day continues to raise awareness, increasing local advocacy for Citilink riders. We are excited to reaffirm our focus on Racial Equity” shares CEO of Citilink, John Metzinger.

To acknowledge Transit Equity Day (celebrated on February 4 each year), media is invited to attend on February 4, 2023 at the American Legion Post #148 at 705 E. Lewis Street, 46802. The program begins at 9am, with breakfast served starting at 9:30am. Full timeline below:

  • Welcome: American Legion Post #148 Commander Anthony Payne
  • Proclamation from Mayor Tom Henry
  • History of Transit Equity Day – Glynn Hines
  • Labor Network for Sustainability – Sheila Curry-Campbell, Live Remote
  • Follow up from CitiLink CEO John Metzinger – APTA pledge progress report
  • Remarks, Larry Gist the NAACP President – Celebration Rosa Parks 110th Birthday – History of Featherlight Pancakes
  • Scholarship dedication (application open)

From 9:30-11:30am, Rosa Parks’ “Featherlite Pancakes” will be served with a $10 donation request. Her recipe was written on the back of an envelope. After she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955, she and her husband lost their jobs and eventually moved to Detroit. They struggled financially and had to be frugal, which is why she reused papers, like banking envelopes, for recipes.