Rosa Parks. You may know her as the woman who stood up for civil rights by remaining sat in her seat. But there’s a lot more to her story than you may think
Rosa Parks was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, and was known as “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”.
She worked as an African American seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, and on 1st December 1955, she was traveling home from work when she was asked to give up her seat for a white man, which she refused. She was then arrested and was found guilty of violating the laws of segregation on 5th December 1955.
A Montgomery Bus Boycott was organised for the day of Rosa Park’s trial, which was a success and lasted several months.
“ I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
Each person must live their life as a model for others.
Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.
Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.
Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.
I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.
All I was doing was trying to get home from work.
My only concern was to get home after a hard day’s work. ”