Rosa Parks


On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus and was arrested for her actions. Her arrest prompted a city-wide boycott that resulted in Montgomery eliminating its codes demanding segregation on public buses. Later, when asked, Parks explained that her refusal was not because she was physically tired, but because she was tired of giving in.

"At the time I was arrested, I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in." – Rosa Parks