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Today is Alabama's first #RosaParksDay, commemorating the date — Dec. 1, 1955 — of her arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger on one of Montgomery's city buses, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott.
Alabama is the fifth state in the country to set aside a day to recognize Rosa Parks. Events commemorating her contributions to the civil rights movement took place throughout Montgomery.
Alabama State University held a ceremony recognizing the importance of her role in the movement. The university's archives contain documents pertaining to Rosa Parks' arrest.
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