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Detroit-area residents remember Rosa Parks' legacy

DETROIT (AP)_A bus driver near Detroit decided to do a little more than just remember Rosa Parks. She acted on Parks' legacy yesterday.

Latoya Smiley was at the wheel when a passenger told her Parks had died. Smiley then invited her riders to sit at the front of the bus.

Parks was a black woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. That decision sparked the modern civil rights movement.

Detroit resident Monique Reynolds says Parks lived to see the fruits of the civil rights movement. Reynolds says Malcolm X and Martin Luther King never saw the changes, but Parks did see and enjoy them.

The Montgomery city bus believed to be the one on which Parks was arrested is at the Henry Ford Museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

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