Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 053274
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File Number: 053274 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-111-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: IDENTIFY BUS FACILITY TO NAME IN HONOR OF ROSA PARKS Introduced: 12/22/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 1/24/2006
Agenda Date: 1/24/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A31
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO IDENTIFY A MIAMI-DADE TRANSIT DEPARTMENT BUS FACILITY TO NAME IN HONOR OF ROSA PARKS
Indexes: RENAMING OF ROADS, BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 1/24/2006 11A31 Adopted P

Regional Transportation Committee 12/15/2005 2B Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Moss presented an overview of the intent of the proposed foregoing resolution, which he noted requested that Miami-Dade County honor the extraordinary actions of Rosa Parks and that this issue be remanded to the Board concurrent with the next resolution that honors a who have a direct, sufficient contribution to the greater Miami area pursuant to Rule 9.02. It was moved by Commissioner Moss that the foregoing resolution be forwarded to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Sornenson. Commissioner Sosa asked that she be added as a co-sponsor. Commissioner Sorenson spoke in support of this resolution and asked that she be added as a co-sponsor. She noted Rosa Parks was a very courageous and that it was through her actions and courage that change occurred. Chairman Gimenez also spoke in support of this resolution and asked that he be added as a co-sponsor. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 11/23/2005 Assigned Regional Transportation Committee 12/15/2005

County Attorney 11/23/2005 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO IDENTIFY A MIAMI-DADE TRANSIT DEPARTMENT BUS FACILITY TO NAME IN HONOR OF ROSA PARKS

BODY
WHEREAS, on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old black woman, boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus after a day's work as a seamstress at a department store and sat in the middle rows of the bus; and
WHEREAS, segregation ordinances in effect at the time in Montgomery, like other cities in the South, required black passengers to ride in the back of buses, permitted black passengers to use the middle rows only until needed by white passengers, and reserved the front of the buses exclusively for white passengers; and
WHEREAS, along the route, the bus driver demanded that four black passengers give up their seats in the middle rows so a lone white man could sit there; and
WHEREAS, three complied, but Rosa Parks defied the bus driver's request, remained seated, and was thereafter arrested; and
WHEREAS, Rosa Parks' arrest led to a citywide boycott of Montgomery's buses that lasted thirteen months, with 40,000 black residents and employees carpooling, walking, and taking black-owned taxis that charged only the bus fare; and
WHEREAS, Rosa Parks' arrest set in motion a successful Supreme Court challenge to the Jim Crow laws that segregated public buses in the South; and
WHEREAS, Rosa Parks' act of civil disobedience captivated the nation and grew into a mythic event that helped touch off the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's; and
WHEREAS, the protest following Rosa Parks' arrest transformed a young minister named Martin Luther King, Jr. into a major civil rights leader; and
WHEREAS, as Georgia Congressman John Lewis recently said of Rosa Parks, "By sitting down, she stood up for all Americans"; and
WHEREAS, Rosa Parks passed away on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County should honor the extraordinary actions of Rosa Parks by naming a bus facility in her honor,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board directs the County Manager to identify an appropriate Miami-Dade Transit Department structure to name in honor of Rosa Parks and bring the issue back to the Board concurrent with the next resolution that honors an individual who has made a direct, significant contribution to the Greater Miami area, pursuant to Rule 9.02.



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