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"Rosa Parks is a name we all know, and for good reason! She was born in 1913 in Alabama. By 1943, Rosa became active in the Civil Rights movement, serving as Secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. In 1955, the horrifying murder of Emmitt Till occurred, and his murderers were acquitted and walked free. Her anger at this injustice, as well as the segregation and Jim Crow laws permeating the South, would set the tone for the events of December 1.
On December 1, 1955, riding home from work on public transit in the "colored section" of the bus, Rosa was told by the driver to give up her seat, to make more room for white passengers. Rosa refused. She was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and violating segregation laws.
Rosa was bailed out by a friend and by Edgar Nixon, President of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. Using Rosa's act of defiance as a catalyst for change, Nixon organized a boycott of Montgomery buses with leaflets detailing the boycott distributed the day or her trial. (Rosa was found guilty but would later appeal the conviction and formally challenge the legality of segregation.) The Montgomery Bus Boycott was continued for 381 days, greatly hurting the finances of the transit company, until the city repealed its segregation law regarding buses, following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Browder v. Gale, declaring it unconstitutional.
Rosa's simple act served as a spark for change, and she became a face of the Civil Rights movement. Despite losing her job because of her activism, she continued to travel and speak for the cause. She was an active participant all through the Civil Rights movement, inspiring people until her death in 2005. She will continue to inspire generations to come. Ms. Parks has more honors than I can list, but she is a wonderful example of standing up, (or in her case, sitting down) for what's right.
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