Rosa Parks the mother of the civil rights movement

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.

She is the creator of the civil rights movement, the woman who started it all. And she did all of this while only refusing to stand up. I’m fairly certain that most of you might know her name, Rosa Parks. Rosa was the one who kicked off the civil rights movement by standing up to a racist bus driver, but she did much more than that. I am here to tell you about how Rosa Parks became the mother of the civil rights movement.

This is an image of Rosa getting her fingerprints taken after being taken into custody.

Rosa was familiar with segregation in the town she lived in, but that didn’t mean that she was okay with it. She and her husband, Raymond, joined the NAACP, an organization that tried to improve the lives of black people. Rosa specifically wanted to do this because she wanted to “improve the lot of African-Americans in the segregated south”. Rosa also fought daily frustrations in the form of Jim crow laws, making it uncertain weather or not she could do the daily things she needed to do to live her current life

Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.

Her motivations started all the way at her childhood. As a kid, she heard lynching all the time outside of her house, and was worried that Klansman would burn down her house. When Rosa joined the NAACP, she interviewed victims of discrimination and lynching. Hearing this probably helped motivate her to become someone who stood up to white people. Rosa also knew that white officers often beat black people, and when she was arrested for not giving up her seat on the bus, she and her family thought she was going to be beat. Luckily, she was unharmed.

This is a news heading about the Montgomery bus boycott

All of these frustrations eventually manifested in Rosa not giving up her seat on the bus. After getting out of jail, her boss at the NAACP started a boycott of the Montgomery buses with Rosa and Dr. Martian Luther king Jr.. Eventually, the supreme court ruled in favor of Rosa parks over her unconstitutional arrest, and the Montgomery bus boycott was lifted after the city let black and white people sit wherever they wanted. But this wasn’t the end of Rosa’s story. Rosa wanted civil rights everywhere, so she participated in peaceful marches. Eventually, Rosa’s acts inspired other people to do the same, and overtime, the movement became more and more powerful.

This is an image of the bus Rosa was kicked off of.

But, Rosa’s actions didn’t just go away over time, they had consequences. Rosa’s marches gained notoriety, and gave attention to Dr. Nixon(Rosa’s boss at the NAACP) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both of their houses were bombed due to their opinion on segregation. Rosa’s marches were also attacked by the police, even though the protesters never tried to harm people. Although there were sad outcomes to Rosa’s actions, there were positive ones too. Rosa inspired multiple people speak out for their rights, and rose people like Martin Luther King Jr. to fame. Rosa also was freed of all charges concerning the incident at the bus and walked free, getting a good representation. Rosa's unconstitutional also made it illegal for black people to be treated the way she was treated.

At the end of Rosa’s legacy, a question come into mind. Was she successful in achieving her goal? In my opinion, I think she was successful in getting civil rights. Although she wasn’t giving big speeches in public like Martin Luther King Jr, she inspired other people to help in the movement. Heck, she was the person who started it! Rosa's arrest also made it illegal to even treat black people like that, accidently getting some rights to black people. In the end, Rosa Parks was an inspiration to many, and her actions shaped the way African-Americans live and are being treated today.

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.

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