Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks
the importance of them becoming invoved in the movement
* was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement" * Parks' act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation * On December 1, 1955, forty-three year old Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery, Alabama city bus after finishing work as a tailor's assistant at the Montgomery Fair department store. The bus became crowded and Rosa was ordered by the bus driver to give up her seat to a white passenger. Rosa Parks remained in her seat.  The bus driver again asked her to move, but she refused. Parks was arrested for refusing to yield her seat to a white patron. found guilty of disorderly conduct and that lead directly to the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott, which eventually led to the desegregation of buses throughout the United States. This ushered in a new era of the civilrights movement. * Blacks had to sit in a separate section of the bus and give up their seat if a white person wanted it. Rosa Parks refused to move because she was "sick and tired" of being trtgrteated as a second-class citizen. * Rosa was arrested for taking her stand. The police charged her with violating the part of the Montgomery City code that dealt with segregation law, even though she had not technically violated the law * The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became." Quote 1992 interview with National Public Radio's Lynn Neary * "Parks's bravery teaches kids to stand up for what we believe in and not to let anyone make you feel inferior." * Rosa Parks was physically tired, but no more than you or I after a long day's work. But this time Parks was tired of the treatment she and other African Americans received every day of their...
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