Rosa Parks By Carter Kiser

CHALLENGE

Rosa Parks is a lady who has faced many adversities during her life because she was an African American lady. During the time she was alive, she was often segregated and stereotyped because of her skin color since the time period she lived in was a time of heavy racism and oppression for African Americans. Challenges she faced were constant racial slurs being thrown at her, abuse, and unfair treatment by the public. She also was born into an unstable family, which caused her to not be properly educated. However, her biggest challenge came along in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on the local bus. This sparked much controversy because this is one of the first times an African American person stood up for their rights and resisted bus segregation. The challenge came after this incident when Rosa Parks requested to change bus policies. This was a challenge because since Rosa was an African American woman no one believed she could make a legitimate change. This problem not only affected her, but it also affected her family because they were also African American, so they were unfairly treated as well.

COURAGEOUS ACT

Rosa Parks actions, while controversial, were very courageous. She was tired of being oppressed and seeing her fellow African Americans oppressed, so she decided to stand up for herself. The constant oppression of African Americans was her motivation and reason for not moving on the bus that day. Even though this act was incredible, the public felt the need to punish Rosa for disobeying the law. Her punishment: one day in jail and a fine. In order to face and later overcome this challenge, Rosa Parks had to sacrifice her option of transportation, the local bus, because she had now started a large movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This was a boycott of the local buses by all African Americans of Montgomery, Alabama. This movement lasted 381 days and ended up with the U.S. Supreme Court initially forced the bus system to integrate. In the end, the movement was heavily successful because it allowed the African Americans the freedom to sit anywhere they wanted on the bus and initially caused an end to bus segregation laws.

REFLECTION

This story has inspired me to not only stand up for myself more, but also stand up and help those who are being unjustly treated. Whenever I see people being treated poorly, I sometimes step in, but there are other times that I don't do anything. This story has now inspired me to always help those who are being treated bad. There are many life lessons I can learn from this story. The main life lesson is, don't ever count yourself out. People tend to count themselves out of certain things because they believe they can't do it, need a certain skill, or they won't be good enough. However, Rosa Parks, in the midst of adversity, stood up for what she believed in and ended up making a change. Being an African American woman during her time was hard, but Rosa Parks didn't care, she went ahead and made the change. To her, it didn't matter that she was African American or a woman, she fought for her and her people.

SOURCES

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/montgomery-bus-boycott

https://www.reference.com/history/long-did-rosa-parks-jail-dfd57e1cf9241864

http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/publication/2009/01/20090106142830jmnamdeirf0.6788446.html

http://teacher.scholastic.com/rosa/sittingdown.htm

https://sukreespeaks.com/2014/08/07/strengths-challenges-and-obstacles/

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