Rosa Parks in the Civil Rights Movement

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"I'd just like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free" (Modigliani). The words Rosa Parks used to describe her ultimate hopes for the legacy she would leave behind are simple yet powerful. The fight for civil rights during the 1950s and 60s was hard-fought, though the results were long overdue. Rosa Parks, like many others, experienced discrimination for much of her life. However, when she acted against it, the nation listened, and she initiated the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks influenced the civil rights movement by working to peacefully achieve equality. This peaceful approach proved to be successful, as the work and influence she had were key to the outcome of the civil rights movement. The effects of segregation and discrimination shape a person's life. Rosa experienced the harsh reality of unfair treatment for African Americans at a young age. These experiences likely shaped her attitude about the treatment of others and the rights everyone should be granted while living in a free country (SV; SV). Rosa's family strongly believed that they should have the same opportunities as whites. Her grandfather deeply influenced her opinion about equality. He often made comments such as, "The one thing he wanted most of all was for none of his children or anyone related to him to ever have to cook or clean for whites" (Dubovoy 89). Rosa's childhood, like all childhoods at the time, was directly affected by racial discrimination....

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...Rosa Parks created change in her home of Montgomery, Alabama that caused other cities and states across the country to reevaluate the social norms that limited people of the African American race, who were thought to be inferior to the white population in the United States. While this fight had started long before Rosa was born, it took until her actions, peaceful as they were, to truly make an impact on the prejudices that had been in place since the birth of the country. Through her childhood, arrest, long trial, and boycott, Rosa fought not only for her own rights but also for the rights of past and future African American citizens. Her peaceful impact is a reminder that change isn’t always the result of a violent fight but sometimes simply the act of standing your ground. While punishment may be immediate, Rosa is an example that justice will always prevail.

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