WASHINGTON — A federal building in Detroit that houses the Homeland Security office would be named after civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks under a bill introduced Tuesday.
The legislation, led by Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Detroit, would help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Parks' refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1955.
Her arrest set off a 381 day boycott of the bus system that was organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in one of the civil rights movements' landmark events.
"Rosa Parks' work has helped to change history. Her devotion to the civil rights movement and the city of Detroit should always be remembered," Kilpatrick said. "Her contributions to the civil rights movement brought this country a step closer to equality."
Parks, now 92, and her husband, Raymond, both lost their jobs during the boycott and moved to Detroit in 1957. She served on the staff of Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit.
The bill has the support of the entire Michigan delegation, Kilpatrick said.