Rosa Parks An Extra (Ordinary) Lady
January 27, 2015
The Montgomery bus boycott was one of the most influential events that ignited the civil rights movement in U.S. history. Many people know the story of how Mrs. Rosa Parks an African American woman refused to give up her seat to a Caucasian man on a segregated bus; but who exactly was Rosa Parks and why was her refusal to give up a seat on a bus so important and what impact does it have in today’s society. Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Throughout her early life she encountered segregation on a daily basis. From kindergarten through eleventh grade she attended segregated only schools often having to be educated in a one room shack that was not suitable for educational purposes (Bio). At 19 she met and married Raymond Parks who was an active member in the NAACP (Nation Advancement of Colored People) and he also worked as a barber while Rosa was a seamstress in a department store. On December 1, 1955 Mrs. Parks boarded a Montgomery city bus after getting off of work, she paid her fare and boarded the back of the bus as required by city code. As the bus traveled deeper into its route it began to fill and some of the Caucasian passengers didn’t have a place to sit so the driver pulled the bus over and instructed several African American passengers to move further to the rear of the bus, Mrs. Parks refused. Her refusal to move resulted in her arrest which angered many members of the NAACP (Think). As a result of her injustice many African American leaders pleaded to the community to boycott the buses until Jim Crow laws were lifted and separate but equal was no longer acceptable. The Montgomery bus boycott lasted for 13 months until the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional (Stanford). This was the starting of the...
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Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956). (n.d.). Retrieved January 27, 2015, from http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/en
Rosa Parks Biography. (n.d.). Retrieved January 27, 2015, from http://www.biography.com/people/rosa-parks-9433715#ordered-to-the-back-of-the-bus
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