Rosa Parks First lady of civil rights

Who? Rosa Parks was an African American woman who was tired of segregation and stood up for what she believed in.

On December 1st 1955, after a long day's work at a Montgomery department store, where she works as a seamstress, she boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus for home.

Parks was told to give up to her seat because a white man had no seat because all the seats in the designated "white" section were taken. The driver told the riders in the four seat of the first row of the "colored" section to stand, to add another row to the "white" section. She was the only one who did not obey.

The inside of the Cleveland Avenue bus

In her autobiography, Parks stated "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically... No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."

Rosa getting her finger print scanned

Eventually, police showed up to the bus stop, assessed the situation and placed Rosa in custody.

Rosa Parks story caused people to boycott, but it also inspired people. One of her quotes was "Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today's mighty oak is yesterdays nut that held it's ground."

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