Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Rosa Parks got on a local Montgomery Bus after a tired day. She was told to move to the back of the bus for an older white guy. She refused. The bus driver called the law. Rosa was fingerprinted, photographed and booked in the local lockup.
This sparked a movement.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, was a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign lasted from December 1, 1955—when Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person—to December 20, 1956, when a federal ruling, Browder v. Gayle, took effect, and led to a United States Supreme Court decision that declared the Alabama and Montgomery laws requiring segregated buses to be unconstitutional.
Many important figures in the Civil Rights Movement took part in the boycott, including Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy.
Rosa was known as the mother of the modern civil rights movement.
Her act of civil disobedience became a historical feat. Her impact helped the United States become a little bit better.