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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement Honoring Anniversary of Rosa Parks’ Arrest

On December 1, 1955, an African American woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, spurring a movement that changed the nation. On the anniversary of this milestone in the fight for civil rights, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Rosa Parks proved that a single act of righteous courage has the power to alter the course of history. By refusing to give up her seat, the 42-year-old seamstress defied the codes of racial segregation, igniting a social and civil justice movement that continues to this day.

“On this 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest, we are reminded of the individual power that we each have to achieve equality and freedom for our fellow Americans. Let us honor her memory by letting that same spirit of hope and determination guide us toward a more just society.”