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File Number: 060848
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File Number: 060848 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-372-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: CODESIGNATE PORTION NW 32 AVE. AS ROSA PARKS BOULEVARD Introduced: 3/17/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/25/2006
Agenda Date: 4/25/2006 Agenda Item Number: 5L
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING NW 32ND AVENUE FROM NW 79TH STREET TO NORTH RIVER DRIVE AS ROSA PARKS BOULEVARD
Indexes: RENAMING OF ROADS, BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Sponsors: Dorrin D. Rolle, Prime Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Natacha Seijas, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, 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 5L Adopted P

County Attorney 3/17/2006 Assigned Murray A. Greenberg 3/17/2006

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING NW 32ND AVENUE FROM NW 79TH STREET TO NORTH RIVER DRIVE AS ROSA PARKS BOULEVARD

BODY
WHEREAS, this Board has conducted a public hearing to consider codesignating NW 32nd Avenue from NW 79th Street to North River Drive as Rosa Parks Boulevard; and
WHEREAS, Rosa Parks attended an interracial leadership conference at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee in the summer of 1955. There, she later said, she "gained strength to persevere in my work for freedom, not just for blacks but for all oppressed people;" and
WHEREAS, Rosa Parks was very active in the Montgomery Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., and she and her husband, Raymond, a barber, had taken part in voter registration drives. She had to send out notices of the N.A.A.C.P.'s coming election of officers, and as she rushed to catch a bus home after a day's work as a seamstress at a department store, the last thing on her mind was becoming "the mother of the civil rights movement," as many would later describe her; and
WHEREAS, on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks, a 42 year old black woman, boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus 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 1950s and 1960s; 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, in 1957, Rosa Parks moved to Detroit where she remained active in the civil-rights movement; and
WHEREAS, in 1999, Rosa Parks was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest honor; and
WHEREAS, Rosa Parks passed away on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92; and
WHEREAS, this Board would like to honor the memory of Rosa Parks for her extraordinary acts by codesignating NW 32nd Avenue from NW 79th Street to North River Drive as Rosa Parks Boulevard; and
WHEREAS, this proposed codesignation is located in County Commission District 2, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board approves the codesignation of NW 32nd Avenue from NW 79th Street to North River Drive as Rosa Parks Boulevard.
Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is hereby directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the United States Postal Service, the Traffic Signals and Signs Division of the Public Works Department, the Land Development Division of the Public Works Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.



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