House Passes Tlaib Bill to Rename Detroit Post Office After Rosa Parks
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s (MI-13) legislation to rename the United States Postal Service office on Grand River Avenue in Detroit after Rosa McCauley Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement. Rep. Tlaib introduced the bill earlier this year on what would’ve been Rosa Parks’ 109th birthday.
“I am proud to lead this effort in partnership with Mother Parks’ family to rename the United States Post Office near her Detroit home in honor of this great Civil Rights leader,” said Congresswoman Tlaib. “This comes at a time when the radical love and beautiful strength embodied in leaders like Rosa Louise McCauley Parks and so many other whose footsteps we march in to this day – like Dr. King, Malcom X, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, and Fred Hampton as well as Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Lewis – is under extreme threat. We know our struggle against racism is a lifelong pursuit. As Ms. Parks wrote, ‘Freedom fighters never retire,’ and as her memory continues to guide us, I will add that the spirit of freedom fighters never dies.”
The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. Upon passage, the post office located at 4744 Grand River Avenue in Detroit will be renamed the Rosa Louise McCauley Parks Post Office Building. The building is located just a block away from Rosa Parks Boulevard.
In addition to being a civil rights leader known across the world, Rosa Parks is especially adored in Detroit and the 13th Congressional District. She lived in Detroit for nearly 50 years and worked extensively with Congressman John Conyers.