Rosa Parks – Mighty Times
"Mighty Times' is an extremely powerful piece of work, and I am most impressed by the impact it has had on my classes." - V. Vaughn. This African American short documentary film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Watching Mighty Times made me feels as if I was in that time zone. Seeing what African Americans overcame and triumph showed me that anything is possible. Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to get off the bus because she was sitting in a white only section. The bus driver James Blake, who demanded her to get off the bus used to always pick with her when she get on his bus. Rosa Parks even said in the documentary “I never wanted to be on that man’s bus again,”….. “After that, I made a point of looking at who was driving the bus before I got on. I didn’t want any more run-ins with that mean one.” After that Montgomery Bus Boycott ended on December 21, 1956, one of the newly integrated buses that Parks boarded to pose for press photographs happened to be the same driver, Blake. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps, but her story was the one that stood out from the rest. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil rebellion in violating Alabama segregation laws, although eventually her case became bogged down in the state courts while the Browder v. Gayle case succeeded. Parks' act of disobedience and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Mrs. Parks became an international icon of confrontation to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including...
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