I’m sure many of us have heard of Rosa Parks as well as the bus boycott.  With those two subjects in mind, there is plenty more to learn about.  That would include how she was raised, what went on during the bus boycott, her various awards, and much more.

During Rosa Parks’ Day, on December 1, 1955, she had been working at Montgomery Fair, a place where her job was that of a tailor in the men’s department.  This was a job where she was bent over for much of the day sewing and doing what was required.  As a result, her muscles ached and she simply wanted some relief.  When she left work, she went to the bus stop, half a block away, which was located at Court Square.  While waiting for the bus, she noticed one pull up, however, it appeared too full.  For Rosa, that meant that there was time to go to the drug store to get some shopping done.  When she came back, another bus pulled up.  This time, it appeared no one was standing, so she got on.  Soon after she sat down is when her decision not to move was made.  Her seat was right behind the section for whites and was across the aisle from two blacks.  When the bus made a stop and six people boarded, all of whom were whites, one did not find a seat.  This meant that all blacks had to stand and Rosa was the one who refused.  Soon the bus driver got very angry and questioned why Rosa had not moved.  As he did so, Rosa remained in her seat. Therefore, the driver called the police.  When this occurred, all of the blacks that had stood left the bus so as to not to be involved with an issue.  When police arrived and got on the bus, they too questioned why Rosa had not moved.  Afterward, they took her bag from the drug store and her purse and led her away from the bus.  As a result of this happening, she was arrested and held at the jail until she was able to call her husband to have him pick her up.  After her ordeal with the bus driver, police, and the jail, the bus boycott was arranged and posted around town.

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Rosa Parks after she knew that the
Supreme Court had passed the law to end segregation.



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