61 Years Ago Rosa Parks Changed the World

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery Alabama, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat. The law was required people with color to give up their seat on the bus to white people.

The bus driver told a row of black people to move to the back of the bus while the white men comes aboard, everyone did what they were told, except for Rosa.

The 42-year-old, Rosa Parks was taken to jail, charged with violating the city’s segregation law.history_rosa_parks_montgomery_bus_boycott_179889_sf_hd_still_624x352

With Rosa parks movement, nearly 382 days later, almost the entire African American population, including the leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks refused to ride on any segregated buses, this lead a turning point in the American civil rights movement.

Because of the city-wide boycott, the city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was one of the biggest successes in history. Although Rosa Parks became a symbol of civil rights movement, she suffered from having no job and her husband getting fired , this lead them to move to Detroit Michigan, where her brother lived.

Rosa Parks had received many awards. On September 9, 1996 President Bill Clinton awarded Parks the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also rewarded in 1999, as “The most influential people of the 20th century,” in Time Magazines.

Later on in Rosa Parks’s life she was diagnosed with dementia. Rosa passed away on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92. She will always be known has the women who fought for freedom and what she believed in, 61 years ago. rosaparks10

by Livia Webster & Ashleigh Pearson

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