Statement of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Honoring Rosa Parks

Posted on October 25, 2005

We often discuss how far we have to go as a country in race relations. Thinking of Rosa Parks reminds me of how far we have come. In 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, African Americans in the South could not eat in the same restaurants, go to the same colleges, sleep in the same motels, be cared for in the same hospitals and compete on the same teams as other Americans. Her courage has earned for her a noble place in the history of our nation's struggle for equal opportunity.