Feb. 4: Rosa Parks is Born, Warren Moon Makes NFL History

By: Jodi Phillips

Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history.  These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas.

On Feb. 4, 1913, Rosa Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement was born in Tuskegee, Ala. On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Ala., Park refused to give up her bus seat in the colored section to a white person.  Her act of defiance became an international symbol to the civil rights movement.  Soon, she began working with her local chapter of the NAACP and even worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr.

A little known fact about Parks states she was not the first woman to refuse her bus seat.  Several people and groups had staged a protest in the years before her but she was one of the few who pushed the situation through the court system.  In her autobiography, Parks recalled the famous day quite vividly.

“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in,” she recounted.

On Feb. 4, 2006, Warren Moon became the first black man to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.  Moon played on various NFL teams, including Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs.  Currently, he is a broadcaster for Super Bowl champs, the Seattle Seahawks.

In his first year of eligibility, Moon was elected into the NFL Hall of Fame.  As of 2006, Moon held the record for most passing yardage in professional football, most passing touchdowns in professional football, most pass completions in professional football, and most pass attempts in professional football history.  While all of the preceding records have since been broken by current players, he still holds the position for first Black NFL Hall of Famer.

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