Rosa Parks Facts

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Rosa Parks

Introduction - Rosa Parks

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks was riding a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. At that time the buses in the south were legally segregated into a white section, in the front, and a black section, in the back. When the white section became full and several white passengers had no seats the bus driver asked Parks and three other black people to give up their seats in the colored section. Three of the black people complied with the bus drivers demand, however Rosa Parks did not; she bravely refused to get up and was promptly arrested. On the day her trial began, December 5th of 1955, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. African-Americans boycotted the Montgomery buses until the Supreme Court put an end to segregated buses. Her refusal to get up that day followed by her arrest is widely considered the spark of the black civil rights movement; after the Montgomery Bus Boycott Civil Rights leaders went on to organize numerous battles against discrimination. The incident on the bus made Rosa Parks one of the most famous women in black history.

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Whether you are a kid researching a paper for Black history month or are just interested in learning more about this famous woman in history we hope the list of interesting facts below is helpful. You will find below information on where Rosa Parks lived, what motivated her to stand up for her civil rights, and how she helped the fight of African-American people against discrimination.

Rosa Parks Interesting Facts

Rosa Parks Honors

All the honors bestowed upon this famous black woman are way too numerous to list here. Perhaps the most touching is a few days after her death the buses in Montgomery Alabama, where she had been arrested fifty years earlier, reserved the front seats of all their buses by placing black ribbons on them until Park's funeral. Some of her other honors are listed below.