State and federal leaders across the political spectrum took time on Friday to commemorate the life and legacy of the famed civil rights leader and Alabama native Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks Day is celebrated differently in various states. Some celebrate Parks' birthday on February 4, while others, like Alabama, celebrate on the day of her famed arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white bus passenger in 1965, leading to her arrest and eventual conviction.

Parks' actions were the inspiration for the Montgomery bus boycott, which lasted for over a year until a district court ruled that Alabama's bus segregation laws were unconstitutional. The decision was later affirmed the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posterity has deemed Parks as the first lady of the civil rights movement. She was involved in the civil rights movement until her retirement, earning the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and many other accolades.

Gov. Kay Ivey commemorated Rosa Parks Day by celebrating the life and legacy of one of Alabama's most prominent historical figures.

"A strong Alabama woman whose bravery reshaped history — Rosa Parks," Ivey said. "Her courage transcends politics, reminding us of the importance of individual liberty and fair treatment for all. Today, we celebrate her life and legacy across our state, nation and world."

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) took to X to honor Parks' "courage and her service."

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) also gave a heartfelt message celebrating the state holiday, saying Parks "took a principled stand for equality and individual liberty."

 U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham), who still continues to push to make December 1 a federal holiday, also commemorated the state holiday.

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