MONTGOMERY — Alabama inched closer to setting aside a day to honor civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
An Alabama Senate committee on Tuesday approved legislation to name Dec. 1 as Rosa Parks Day. The bill now moves to the full Senate.
Parks was arrested Dec. 1, 1955, in Montgomery for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a key event in the civil rights movement.
Supporters began the push this year to get a day named for Parks.
However, the proposed day would not be a full-fledged state holiday where state offices close. Supporters have said they wanted to avoid getting bogged down in debate about the cost of closing state offices.