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US Senate Passes Rosa Parks Resolution

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Rosa Parks (Credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Rosa Parks (Credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

The Senate approved the resolution by unanimous consent late Wednesday. Michigan Congressman John Conyers has sponsored a similar resolution in the House.

Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man, an act that helped to bring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to prominence in the fight to desegregate the transit system.

Parks later moved to Detroit and was a longtime aide to Conyers. She died in 2005 at age 92.

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow says “all of us in Michigan should be proud that Rosa Parks chose to make our state her home.”

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