Rosa Parks

charleene, 07 August 2008, No comments
Categories: Civil Rights

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Rosa Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) is infamous for a seemingly small act of quiet protest which inspired a pivotal turning point in the civil rights movement. On December 1, 1955, she was riding on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. The bus driver ordered Mrs. Parks to obey the law and sacrifice her seat for a Caucasian man. She refused and was fined and arrested. Because of this, a city wide bus boycott resulted in the Supreme Court ruling that segregation on city buses was unconstitutional. She later moved to Detroit and started an institute to offer self development to African Americans. After her death, she was given the honor of being the first African American woman and second African American to be buried in the US Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. This was to pay tribute for her pivotal role in US history.

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