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Honoring Rosa Parks

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo -

A woman is being recognized for her act of bravery sixty years later.

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person on a bus in Alabama.

She died in 2005, but her legacy lives on.

She would have celebrated her 102nd birthday on Wednesday.

Now, the state of Missouri has dedicated February 4th as Rosa Parks Day.

Decades later, bus riders are still grateful for her courage.

Two-year Cape County Transit veteran driver Beth Boyer says her favorite part of her job is the people.

"Everybody has a story," said Boyer.

She takes people to run errands, pick up their children, and go to appointments.

Roberta Pemberton takes the loop about twice a week.

"I'm not thinking about where I'm going to sit, or if I'm going to talk to anybody," said Pemberton.

She says she thanks Rosa Parks for that.

"She was tired, she didn't want to get in the back of that bus, she just got off work, she was standing on her feet all day, she wasn't going," said Pemberton.

Daily rider Irvin Beeks admits, he walks on Boyer's bus without considering those who went before him.

"You don't even think, you don't even consider what she did in order for us to be able to get on the bus," said Beeks.

But on Parks' birthday, he is filled with gratitude.

"It was a great bravery. She was very brave," said Beeks.

Cape County Transit runs four buses a day, each carrying about 200 passengers a week.

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