The Civil Rights Movement was a time of strength, dedication, and devotion. During this time, people changed their everyday lives just to stand up for what they believed in. Whether it was equality between races or even women’s rights, people never gave up the fight. Some people did more than others did when it came to standing up to their beliefs. These people include Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thurgood Marshall. Each one of them found a way to show the world that they were against segregation and they all made a change. Without these people, the world could still live in segregation. December 21st, 1955 was a typical day. Rosa Parks had just left her job as a seamstress and was ready to board a bus home. The seat was nearly empty, but Rosa took a seat in the back because all the seats in the front were reserved for whites. The bus quickly started to fill with both whites and African Americans. A man came back and asked for Rosa’s seat. She refused. Infuriated, the man told the bus driver of Rosa’s crime and the driver called the cops. “I felt I had the right to stay where I was. I wanted this particular driver to know that we were being treated unfairly as individuals and as people.” Over time, word of Rosa’s immense amount of bravery had been spread across town and a boycott had been arranged. No African American, or typical American, would take the Montgomery buses until segregation was declared. Eventually The Montgomery bus system was losing more money than they were making and The Supreme Court declared segregation. Martin Luther King Jr. had the biggest influence on the civil rights movement. Ever since he was a young child, King had had the dream of ending racism. King got his chance to fina... ... middle of paper ... ... shop at the same places. Every person who stood up for their beliefs has changed history although they may not be remembered as well as Parks, King, or Marshall. Having enough bravery to stand up to the head of law would take more courage and bravery than most people have. It is insane to think about how frightened these people must have been. The Civil Rights Movement was a time of strength, dedication, and devotion and without the people who stood up to the law; America could still have segregation laws. Works Cited Brunner, Borgna. "Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement." www.infoplease.com. Pearson Education,INC, n.d. Web. 12/17/2013. . Anderson, Bonnie. "A Brief History of Women's Rights." www.scholastic.com. Scholastic. Web. 12/17/2013. .