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Posted on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 : 7:55 a.m.

Remembering Rosa Parks and Dec. 1, 1955

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Today is the 55th anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery public bus (which can be seen at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn). She was not the first person to refuse, but her refusal and subsequent arrest is the one that set off the Montgomery Bus Boycott and all that followed.

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Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Ann Arbor and the Big Island of Hawaii. She is editor of Asian American Village, lead multicultural contributor for and a contributor for New America Media's Ethnoblog. She is a popular speaker on Asian Pacific American and multicultural issues. Check out her website at, her blog at, and she can be reached at



Wed, Dec 1, 2010 : 1:29 p.m.

Mrs Parks is a timeless inspiration to all. May we remember her courage, proud smile of victory for all civil rights, and find ways to incoporate such in our everyday lives. Thank you, Mrs Parks!