Rosa Parks Rosa Parks is famous for a lot of things. But, she is best known for her civil rights action. This happen in December 1,1955 Montgomery, Alabama bus system. She refused to give up her sit to a white passenger on the bus. She was arrested for violating a law that whites and blacks sit in separate sit in separate rows.
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Rosa Parks, Jim Haskins, Rosa Parks: My Story, (New York: Penguin Group, 1992) 192pp. INTRODUCTION Rosa Parks: My Story is an autobiography. Parks tells about her vital role in the struggle for equality. In detail this book explains how the civil rights movements started. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, beginning the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott.
She was weary of the discrimination she faced due to the Jim Crow laws, which were laws were intended to prohibit "black[Americans] from mixing with white [Americans]" ("Jim Crow Laws"1). Also, due to the Jim Crow laws, blacks were required to give their seats to white passengers if there were no more empty seats. This is exactly what happened on December 1, 1955. On her way home from work, Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white man and was shortly arrested (National Women's Hall of Fame1). Even though she knew what the consequences were for refusing to leave her seat, she decided to take a stand against a wrong that was the norm in society.
However, if they passed the reading test, they were threatened death. Also, they had to pay a special tax to vote, which many African Americans could not afford. This obstacle caused Blacks to not have a voice in the USA’s political decisions. Furthermore, they were left with the worst jobs in town and had the poorest schools because of segregation (The Change in Attitudes…). In the southern states, compared to White schooling education, the Blacks received one-third of school funding.
Yet one cannot be equal, because Cauca... ... middle of paper ... ...did not follow these rules they still followed Jim Crow laws. These laws segregated the south and made life extremely hard on coloreds. The Supreme Court knew that some states wouldn’t comply so they made each attorney general send in a plan for desegregation. “Rather, it asked the attorney generals of all states with laws permitting segregation in their public schools to submit plans for how to proceed with desegregation”(Supreme Court 1955). Even though desegregation was in the process life for coloreds was still not easy.
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 Parksdefying Jim Crow laws of segregation by refusing to y... ... middle of paper ... ...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.
A common misconception is that all white citizens hated and disrespected black citizens; however, “Even when the Jim Crow laws were being enacted, many people (including white people) felt that they were not fair. They believed that blacks and whites should have equal access to opportunity” (The Impact of Jim Crow Laws on Education 1). The Jim Crow Laws legally separated black citizens and white citizens with segregation in schools, public bathrooms, water fountains, and many more public places. Signs that read “Colored Only” or “White Only” were visible everywhere during that time period (Racial Segregation in the American South: Jim Crow Laws 1). Shockingly, in South Carolina, black textile workers could not even enter through the same door as a white man, let alone work in the same room (A Brief History of Jim Crow 1).
The main goal was to fight off prejudice beliefs and segregation. But not only had he followed the ways of Gandhi he also fought for equality in a nonviolent way. King changed the world to think differently about others. He made people realize that everyone was different and what he solved was the freedom for the African American people of our country. King was a very concerned man when he found out that Rosa Parks had gotten arrested because she wouldn’t give up her seat to a white man on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
In the 1950s, Parks had a part-time job working as a seamstress for Virginia & Clifford Durr who encouraged Rosa in her civil rights work Leading up to the boycott, the NAACP was trying to check the segregation laws o... ... middle of paper ... ...de her get on and off buses for pics. The Montgomery Bus Boycott lasted for year and sixteen days, "The Civil Rights Movement had begun". The boycott resulted in the creation of the MIA with Martin Luther King Jr. at its lead. The MIA helped alter the laws of segregation in Montgomery & it is said it did so because it had no reputation. Not only was another association against segregation formed, but it is said that Rosa Parks & the bus boycott, "...helped bring Martin Luther King Jr. to the forefront as the movements leader”.
The bus driver got the patrolman on the bus, she didn’t move. When Claudette Colvin didn’t move, the police came and arrested her. This was the time when black people were discriminated. This event happened in Montgomery, Alabama. Claudette thought that it was wrong- she thought segregation was wrong and that it violated her Constitutional rights (23).