Rosa Parks Essay

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Rosa Parks

Forward

Rosa Parks’ courage to stand up for rights as a citizen of the USA inspires me to this day to stand up for the ideals of freedom & justice for all. Rosa Parks influenced many northerners & lawmakers to look squarely at the discrimination victimizing Alabama’s black people, and work to correct injustice.

A vital democracy requires citizen participation! The civil rights movement must continue today as immigrants, especially Arabs and Arab look-alikes are victims of prejudice. Washington Territory and Washington State were too long dominated by the Ku Klux Klan. We need active human rights advocates today to ensure dignity for all people.
Shawn Landden [& Chris Bowen]’s biography of Rosa Parks is recommended reading for all who aspire to a successful democracy today.

Introduction

Many people know Rosa Parks. She was an important part of the Civil Rights Movement; she was arrested for not giving up her seat on a public bus to a white man when he wanted it. She was sick of being pushed around and shamelessly showed it by demanding respect.
After this incident the black community started a major bus boycott. It started as a laughable situation that was expected to stop in a few days but ended as a serious problem for the Montgomery Bus Company. For over a year, the black community would not ride the buses. This ended when the U.S. Supreme Court declared bus segregation unconstitutional. This victory, without a doubt, made all African Americans confident to continue the Civil Rights Movement.

Even before Rosa's arrest, Montgomery's black leaders had been discussing a boycott from the buses. They used her arrest as "a spark to light the fire that is the boycott". That is why the name Rosa Parks will be remembered for years to come.

In this biography you will read about Rosa Parks' life before the boycott including her childhood, education, jobs, and ambitions. You will also learn about her life during the boycott, which will include her struggle toward her goals, and her life after the boycott, which will include her continuing work for civil rights.

I hope you learn many things about Rosa Parks and her life, in this Biography, and I hope you remember the name Rosa Parks for years to come.

Timeline
February 4, 1913     Rosa McCauley born in Tuskegee Alabama
1918     Enters school in Pine Level, Alabama
1924     Begins attending school in Montgomery
1929     Leaves school to care for grandmother
December 1932     Marries Raymond Parks in Pine Level
1933     Receives high school degree
December 1943     Becomes secretary of NAACP
1943     Is denied after trying to register to vote
1944     Is denied once more trying to register to vote
1945     Finally receives voting certificate
1949     Advisor of NAACP Youth Council
Summer 1955     Attends workshop in Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee for the first time
August 1955     Meets Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
December 1,...

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