Gov. Jay Nixon has declared today (Feb. 4) as Rosa Parks Day in Missouri.
Today would have been Parks' 100th birthday. As a civil rights pioneer, Parks is famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., in the 1950s.
The Missouri tradition of honoring Parks on Feb. 4 began with a state law passed in 2006 – the year after Parks died.
“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,” Nixon said in a news release.