Rosa Parks decision on Dec. 1, 1955, to not move from her seat on a bus became the linchpin for a Civil Rights movement.
And 62 years later, Parks courage continues to be honored because of its long-lasting impact, former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis said.
That's why this week, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission held a wreath-laying ceremony in the downtown Macon park bearing her name. Ellis pushed for creating Rosa Parks Square during his tenure as mayor.
"Even though we think about the March on Washington, we think about the March on Selma, but that was the day that began it all" Ellis said this week.
He cited a King quote crediting Parks with sparking "a movement that would astound the oppressor, and bring new hope to the oppressed."
"We are a better community, we are a better nation because of Rosa Parks," Ellis said.
Stanley Dunlap, 478-744-4623