Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 060727
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File Number: 060727 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-467-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: NAME MDT BLDG. AFTER ROSA PARKS Introduced: 3/6/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/25/2006
Agenda Date: 4/25/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A15
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, 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 4/25/2006 11A15 Adopted P

Regional Transportation Committee 3/16/2006 1E2 Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Chairman Gimenez announced that the foregoing proposed resolution was open for public participation. The public hearing was closed after no one appeared wishing to be heard in connection with this resolution. Commissioner Moss extended prayers to Commissioner Rolle and his family upon the passing of his brother. He expressed appreciation to Commissioner Rolle for supporting the foregoing proposed resolution and recognized Assistant County Attorneys Jess McCarty and Bruce Libhaber for their assistance in drafting this resolution. Commissioner Moss also thanked Miami-Dade Transit Director Roosevelt Bradley and staff for helping to identify a facility. Commissioner Sorenson asked Director Bradley to ensure that the signs remain on Metrobuses honoring Rosa Parks’ contribution to the civil rights movement. Chairman Gimenez and Commissioners Sosa and Sorenson asked to be listed as co-sponsors on the foregoing proposed resolution.

County Attorney 3/8/2006 Referred Regional Transportation Committee 3/16/2006

County Attorney 3/8/2006 Assigned Bruce Libhaber 3/8/2006

Legislative Text


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, Rosa Parks dedication to equality directly impacted Miami-Dade County by facilitating the integration of the local transit system; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County should honor the extraordinary actions of Rosa Parks by naming a bus facility in her honor; and
WHEREAS, this proposed renaming of the Miami-Dade Transit Central Transportation Building is located in County Commission District 2,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board approves the renaming of the Miami-Dade Transit Central Transportation Building at 3300 NW 32 Avenue as the Rosa Parks Central Transportation Building.

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