Civil Rights Movement : Rosa Park 's Protest

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Rosa Park’s protest proved to be the catalyst for the Civil rights Movement because her arrest issued ignited black community leaders to oppose the current laws. It had enormous effects on the issue of black racial inequality, which was prevalent in the country at the time. Rosa Parks’ singular act led to the Montgomery bus Boycott, which highlighted to the larger American community the everyday racism faced by African Americans. Inturn this led to a community push for the desegregation of the transport system in the south within the United States of America.

Rosa Parks’ solitary act of refusing to stand for a white citizen on a bus proved to be the facilitator of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. On December 1st 1955 Rosa Parks travelled on a bus after a day of work. At the time there was a system of segregation where the white and black citizens were allocated seating on transport. The black communities were assigned at the back in the “coloured section” while the whites were at the front of all vehicles. On this particular day, Rosa Parks sat in her assigned seat when the bus became full and four white citizens appeared. The bus driver ordered for Rosa to give her seat to the white citizens along with three other black counterparts. Rosa refused to obey this order whilst the other three followed the driver’s orders. She was arrested according to the US archives for “violating a city law requiring racial segregation of public buses “. The driver Joseph Blake believed that he…
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