"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.
In December of 1955, Rosa Parks would become the catapult for change in the segregated United States. As she sat on a bus on her way home one day in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks peacefully refused to give up her seat for a white individual. Soon after refusing to move, Rosa Parks was arrested and put in jail. Parks utilized civil disobedience to create a positive change in the country for years to come. Peaceful resistance and civil disobedience to laws positively impact a free society because it initiates change to create more freedom, and it tests the laws according to what the American Constitution says.
Overall, Rosa Parks, with the support of the black community & many other people, become a huge icon in the Civil Rights movement. Because of the Montgomery Bus Boycott it changed the view for many people on how they treated each other back then. Even though Rosa may not have realized at the time how much of an impact she would make, the reaction that she had to the Montgomery Bus Boycott made many benefits on how we treated each other
There Rosa spent the rest of her childhood on her grandparents' farm. Her childhood in Montgomery helped her to develop strong roots in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Rosa did not attend a public school until the age of eleven. Starting with the seventh grade, Rosa had to go to school in Montgomery, Alabama. In Montgomery, Rosa became more aware of the segregation between the Blacks and the Whites. Rosa would walk to school on most days, except in bad weather when she would take the streetcar. She had to sit in the back of the streetcar because that is where Blacks were supposed to sit. She also noticed the different drinking fountains for the black and the ...
“Rosa Parks was small as a child and suffered poor health with chronic tonsillitis. Her parents separated when she was young, so her and her mother moved to Pine Level which is right outside the capital of Montgomery. There she grew up with her grandparents and her mom on a farm” (Matthews). “She experienced a lot of racial discrimination on the farm like the time her grandpa stood on their front porch with a shotgun while the Klu Klux Klan marched down their street” (Wikipedia). “Also Rosa Parks and her family were members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, an old independent black denomination founded by free blacks in Philadelphia in the early 19th century. Parks attended Alabama State Teachers College for Negroes for secondary education, but she then dropped out to take care of her mother and grandmother when they became ill. She married Raymond Parks in 1932; both of them were active in civic affairs. Earning her living as a seamstress, she served as the secretary of the Montgomery branch of the NAACP” (Matthews).
Rosa Parks was an African American woman born in Tuskegee, Alabama February 4 1913. She grew up in Montgomery which is in the southern United States in Alabama. Alabama is one of the states with large African-American population. Her full name was Rosa Louise McCauley and her parents’ names were Leona and James McCauley. Leona, Rosa’s mother, was a teacher and James, her father, was a carpenter. She also had a younger brother named Sylvester. However Rosa’s parents separated while she was still young and she, her mother and brother went to live on her grandparent’s farm in the nearby town of Pine Level. Rosa attended the local school for African-American children where her mother was a teacher. Park’s family really valued education, in addition to her mother being a teacher, the family believed in freed...
Throughout the African American civil rights movement opportunities were sought to spark a chance at improving conditions in the south. Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the Montgomery, Alabama bus was the fire to that spark. Rosa, standing up for herself something anyone person in today’s world would do, was arrested and put in jail. While Rosa was in jail she caught the eye of many people in the Civil Rights Movement, including the leaders. The Civil Rights leaders protested her arrest and hired lawyers to aid her in her trial. Although she was found guilty and was fined fourteen dollars for the cost of the court case, which lasted on thirty minutes, she wasn’t done yet. Rosa Parks has affected the society we live in today in many ways, she is the most influential person the black community has ever seen.
By not giving up her seat to a white man, Rosa Parks has started the cause of the civil rights movement in the United States. This helps all African Americans get rights in America. Rosa Parks saw racial discrimination in her early life. Also, she saw African Americans as not equal. She influenced the change of African American rights, which helped develop the Civil Rights Movement. Rosa Parks helped influenced society, when she said no to a white male for her seat. The boycott of African American rights started after Rosa Parks did not give up her seat. Rosa Parks did not know she was going to influence society, nor did she know she was going to get arrested by doing this. Rosa Parks influence has helped change society and also is still a great example to others today.
Rosa got her high school diploma at age twenty thanks to encouragement of her husband Raymond: she dropped out in eleventh grade to take care of her mother and grandma. As children the black students had to walk to their school, which was often inadequate while the whites had school buses that took them to their brand new school. As long as she could remember, there was a black world and a white world, the bus was among the first ways she realized it. Parks recalled a time when the Ku Klux Klan marched down the street in front of their house while her grandfather guarded the front door with a shotgun, she could not ignore the racism of her society.
African Americans living in the north had more freedom than in the south, but they still faced discrimination. They were able to work, but they worked enough to feed themselves and family, they were not able to succeed. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” (Martin Luther King). Many people are sometimes to afraid of what might happen if they fight racism, that they never fight it and in the end, they are never able to find out. Rosa Parks was one of the many people who became tired of the racism the United States had. “I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free” (Rosa Parks). Rosa Parks was one of the many people who fought racism, which would eventually make our country a better place to live.
It is clear that today’s society is impacted by the courage of Rosa Parks. Her silent protest had a great effect on the social progression in America. Rosa Parks’ contribution to the Civil Rights movement shows her passion for change, and her yearning for equality. If one thing can be learned from Parks’ story, it’s this: sometimes taking a seat is more important than taking a
Now, let’s fast forward to December 1, 1955. It is late in the afternoon or early evening in Montgomery, Alabama. We are on a city bus where, the first ten rows are reserved for “White” people. In the 11th row, we see a colored woman sitting there on her way home from work. The front 10 rows are filled up. The bus pulls over and the buss driver takes the “Whites only” sign back two rows. Archives.gov confirms that “All the colored people but one get up and either move to the back of the bus or get off all together.” That one, is Rosa Parks. Rosa refuses to give up her seat. Archives.gov also notes that “James Blake, the driver, believed he had the discretion to move the line separating black and white passengers. The law was actually somewhat murky on that point, but when Mrs. Parks defied his order, he called the police. Officers Day and Mixon came and promptly arrested her. In police custody, Mrs. Parks was booked, fingerprinted, and briefly incarcerated. The police report shows that she was charged with ‘refusing to obey
In the end, Rosa Parks got what she wanted; rights for blacks. Even though there is still racism today blacks are considered equal to whites. When she sat in her bus seat and said, “I’m tired of you [people] pushing [us] around.” It made a difference in this world. She became a positive role model for Colored people.
For half of her life, there had been laws and customs that kept African Americans segregated from the Caucasians. These laws allowed whites to treat blacks without any respect. These actions were never thought to be fair. Even as a child, Rosa protested against disrespectful treatment. Yet, it was very difficult to do anything about the law, when all the law makers were of white ethnicity.