On this day in 1955 Rosa Parks, a black seamstress from Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man. She was subsequently arrested for defying the state’s racial segregation laws. Segregation laws had been in place since the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court ruling in 1896 which declared racial segregation constitutional under the doctrine of “separate but equal”. Through this act of defiance, Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott which gave impetus to the growing Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Rosa Parks became an influential and symbolic figure in the Civil Rights Movement, which came to a head in the 1960s, and was one of the leaders of the movement, alongside such figures as Martin Luther King Jr.
"People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day…No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in”
You go girl. I remember learning about this. It left a lasting impression on me.