Rosa Parks

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The evening of December 1, 1955, one single woman changed the lives of many people and the way that they would continue to live. Rosa Parks exhibited one woman's courage and strength to stand up for what she believed in. Mrs. Parks's decision to remain seated and go against the "Believed way" sparked the beginning of the American Civil Rights Movement. In this paper I will discuss Rosa Parks's background, her decision against standing up, and how she started the beginning of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Racism had tainted her life from the very beginning. During her childhood she attended a one-room school for blacks only. She was only allowed to attend school for a short time due to the ailing health of her grandmother. Rosa married young, took in sewing, learned typing, and got very involved in black politics (Rosa Parks). What impressed her most about her future husband, Raymond Parks, was "he didn't have ‘that meek attitude—what we call an "Uncle Tom' attitude—toward white people." Raymond's involvement in black politics only furthered her efforts and involvement as well (Rosa Parks). After their marriage she attended local NAACP meetings and was then elected secretary of the local Montgomery chapter. In "Rosa Parks", Jill Smolowe of People Magazine, writes as one of the Montgomery chapter's first female members, Rosa served as secretary and youth director, corralling youngsters to protest at the city's main library, which made fewer books available to blacks. Rosa's background and lifetime had a very important role in her decision that changed her life from that very day forward. There was an individual stand for freedom taken by Rosa Parks—defying Jim Crow laws of segregation by refusing to y...

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...liated, tired of being kicked about by the brutal feet of oppression." Rosa Parks almost single handedly changed the future of every American from that evening of December 1, 1955.

Works Cited

Kulman, Linda, and David Enrich. "Rosa Parks". Us World News & World Report. 8 August, 2005 pg 49. EBSCOhost Redlands Community College. 5 November, 2005. http://library.redlandscc.edu.

"Rosa Parks". Economist. 29 October, 2005. PG 90-90. . EBSCOhost Redlands Community College. 5 November, 2005. http://library.redlandscc.edu.

Smolowe, Jill, et al. "Rosa Parks". People Magazine. 7 November, 2005. PG 72-74. EBSCOhost Redlands Community College. 5 November, 2005. http://library.redlandscc.edu.

"The Immovable Rosa Parks". The Christian Science Monitor. 26 October, 2005. PG 8. . EBSCOhost Redlands Community College. 5 November, 2005. http://library.redlandscc.edu.

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