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Local church honors civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Sunday marked the 58th anniversary of the arrest of Civil Rights Movement pioneer Rosa Parks.

On December 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus.

She was arrested and fined for not abiding by segregation laws.

Sunday, members of Olivet Baptist Church on MLK Boulevard said a special prayer to remember and honor Rosa Parks who is often referred to as "The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."

"She stood up for sitting down. Every time I see or ride a bus it takes me there sometimes," said Delon Charley, Olivet Baptist Church member.

Parks' arrest sparked a movement where Civil Rights Activists boycotted the Montgomery City Bus System for a year.

It ended when the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require segregation on public buses.

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