Rosa Parks Civil Rights Movement By: Natalie Lopez

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- Segregation laws were made which restricted African-Americans along with other people of color to not use, attend, or do things that the city Governor Jim Crow believed were only meant for Caucasians.

- I'm December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks was on her way home from work, her work so happened to be by a bus stop that usually most black residence of Montgomery avoid it, but Rose I didn't. This day was the day things changed.

- On a Montgomery bus a segregation law was stated that the front of the bus was reserved for white citizens and the seats behind them were reserved for black citizens.

- A rule that was typically used by the bus drivers preference was if there was not enough seats in the front of the bus for a white citizen, the bus driver would ask the row behind the front if the black citizens to give up their seat.

- On that specific day a white male citizen wasn't able to sit in the front (white) section due to its occupation, so the bus driver asked the row behind them (the black section) if they could give up their seat for the man. All the black citizens from that row stood up, but Rosa didn't. During the incident two police officers came, "took care" of the situation and took Rosa in their custody.

- "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." ~ quote from Parks autobiography

- "I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people." ~ quote from Parks

Rosa Parks civil rights movement had made such a huge impact on many, like people who struggled because of the color of their skin, people who were treated unfairly, people who didn't have the courage to speak up for what they believed was right, even people who have never experienced what Parks along with others had to. Rosa Parks was an inspiring strong women who spoke up for what she believed in knowing the risks she would have to take. What Parks did was important and historical because by her action to stand up for her along with other people like her (people of color) showed that their voice and opinions matter. Parks defended herself because she was tired of obeying nonsense laws, by her doing so it has truly changed things.

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