Rosa Parks – Hero

Rosa Parks on desegregated bus.

On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a  white passenger as was required at the time.

Parks was a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama at the time seemingly an ordinary citizen, but one that had finally had enough of segregation.

The bus driver had her arrested. She was tried and convicted of violating a local ordinance for her act of defiance.

Her brave act resulted in several crucial steps forward in the civil rights movement of the late 20th century:

  • Blacks in Montgomery boycotted the bus system for over a year in protest.
  • The boycott raised Martin Luther King, Jr. to national prominence. Previous to this he was virtually unknown.
  • Resulted in Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation on city buses.
  • For over 40 years she helped make Americans aware of the history of the civil rights struggle.
  • She was eventually awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Rosa Parks example of gentle resistance remains an inspiration to the w0rld.

6 Responses to Rosa Parks – Hero

  1. Dominique says:

    Rosa Parks spent many years here in the Detroit area. We’ve seen the historic bus at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI…and the mausoleum where she is buried in Detroit.

    • stamperdad says:

      Interesting. I really do have to get back to the Henry Ford Museum sometime soon.Full of history. Thanks for sharing the information.

      I’m fascinated with Rosa because she changed history simply by taking a stand.

  2. It’s ironic to see Afrocentric schools being developed in Toronto.
    Thanks for nice remembrance of Rosa Parks.

  3. bigwords88 says:

    It is a shameful fact that the incident took place in 1955, not 1855. We can’t allow complacency to lull us into the false belief that full rights are guaranteed to all – the same sex marriage issue may not be entirely comparable to the civil rights movement, but it is affecting many people.

    I didn’t realize Parks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and I really should read up more on her fight for equality. I do remember a story relayed after a few years of her being held as an example of “civil disobedience” – she said something along the lines of “I only wanted to rest my feet.”

    If only more people could be so brave, and stand up to perceived ideas.

    • stamperdad says:

      She wasn’t defiant to be a hero, she just didn’t think it was fair she had to give up her seat. Ordinary people do couragous things far more frequently than most of us realize.

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