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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Civil rights activist, social reformer, racial justice advocate (February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005)
Rosa Parks, who worked as a field hand, took care of her younger brother, and cleaned classrooms for tuition in her childhood, worked as a seamstress, office clerk, and domestic as an adult. Rosa Parks became involved in civil rights activity as well, serving as secretary of the Montgomery, Alabama, NAACP chapter.

On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks was riding a bus home from her job, the bus filled up, and she was expected to relinquish her seat for a white man. She refused, was arrested for violating Alabama's segregation laws. The black community mobilized a boycott of the bus system which lasted for 381 days and resulted in the ending of segregation on Montgomery's buses.

The boycott also brought national attention to the civil rights cause and to a young minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King, jr.

Rosa Parks continued her commitment to civil rights until her death, willingly serving as a symbol of the civil rights struggle. Rosa Parks died on October 24, 2005, at her Detroit home of natural causes. She was 92.

Even today when I ride a city bus I am grateful that I can sit in the front, middle, or back of the bus. And I am still perplexed at the many people who automatically go to the back of the bus 'cause it's cool' Do people not understand where this country and world has been? Even so, I am grateful for the right of "choice". Choice given to me by many great individuals such as Rosa Parks. Without their stand and commitment for equal rights, equality, would not exist. Thank You Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks Quotes

  • The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
  • Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.
  • Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
  • I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don't think there is anything such as complete happiness. It pains me that there is still a lot of Klan activity and racism. I think when you say you're happy, you have everything that you need and everything that you want, and nothing more to wish for. I haven't reached that stage yet.
  • I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.