African American activist was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white citizen.
U.S. President Barack Obama visited one of the landmarks of the movement for civil rights struggle: the bus that was driven activist Rosa Parks. The president was in the State of Michigan when he made a stop at the Henry Ford Museum , where the original vehicle.
"I had the opportunity to sit on the bus Rosa Parks," the president said during one of his campaign events after the visit. "I sat there a moment and reflected on the courage and tenacity that are part of our recent history, but also part of the long list of people, often anonymous, who rarely entered the history books, but constantly emphasized that dignity, in its commitment to the American dream. "
The White House released hours after the image , taken by official photographer of the President, Pete Souza, and which shows Obama looking thoughtful and one of the bus windows.
African American activist Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, after refusing to take a seat in the back of the bus, then reserved for black passengers to yield it to a white one.
The incident, remembered as one of the key moments of the movement, provoked a boycott by citizens to the carrier and the organization of different groups around the figure of Martin Luther King, leading the fight for civil rights in several southern states. The uprising would lead to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act a year later.
Obama, who held two events yesterday in Michigan raising for his campaign, Parks cited the example of one of his speeches. "You have the bus in which Rosa Parks sat. Ordinary citizens are required to bring about change, citizens who are committed to the fight and continue to drive this country ever closer to their own ideals. "
The so-called "bus Rosa Parks" was abandoned in Alabama for three decades until 2001 when Henry Ford Museum commissioned a Michigan company car restoration , which cost about 300,000 dollars (228,000 euros). Two years later, the bus became part of the museum's collection, located about 20 minutes from Detroit.