Throughout Black History Month, Transit will be saving a seat on each of its 27 buses daily in honor of Rosa Parks, a Civil Rights leader who was born on Feb. 4, 1913.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of Rosa Parks' arrest in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger, sparking the citywide bus boycott that became a critical event in the civil rights movement.
Each bus in the Iowa City transit system will have a seat reserved for her. A QR code located on the commemorative image in each bus can be used to find materials on Mrs. Parks and the civil rights movement that are available at the Iowa City Public Library.
Other cities that have done similar transit-related initiatives include Dallas, Milwaukee, and Lexington, Kentucky.