Today we still honor Rosa Parks and her courageousness. December 1, 1955, Rosa walked onto a bus in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama and sat down on one of the seats in the middle. A bit later a white man walked on to the bus and had no place to sit except the back.
The bus driver told Rosa to move to the back of the bus, but she refused and was arrested. Just because she was tired of being considered a lower class citizen, because of the color of her skin.
Her arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A boycott that would last 381 days, forcing the law to be changed. After that, black people were allowed to sit where ever they wanted on the bus.
Her refusal to be told what to do about something so trivial as sitting in a seat on a bus sparked a movement that changed history forever. From that day forward Park’s became a hero and a true leader in the battle against racial segregation.
Today Rosa Parks was memorialized in Montgomery, Alabama with a bronze life-size statue. Steven Reed who just became Alabama’s first black mayor and governor Kay Ivey were on hand to unveil the statue.
(Cover photo courtesy of Contexts.org, photos in the article are