Rosa Parks And The Impact On Community Relations

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This paper explores Rosa Parks and the impact she had on community relations. Every individual will make choices in their lives. Each choice made will set us on a path that may be unplanned. Rosa Parks made a choice like this. She was an activist for civil rights even before she refused to move her seat on a bus. She spent her life fighting for equality. Rosa stood up for herself and others who were scared to stand up for themselves. The choice Rosa Parks made on December 1, 1955, changed the course of this nation. Research from several sources was examined to formulate answers. The researched explored reinforced the impact that Rosa Parks had on the individuals, the community, and the world.

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She had to leave high school before graduating to help care for her ill mother. In 1932, at the age of twenty, Rosa married Raymond Parks, a barber from Wedowee, Alabama. With reinforcement from her husband, Rosa went back to school and received her high school diploma. Rosa became active in the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) in 1943, although her husband feared for her safety. During her time in the NAACP, Rosa and local individuals had joined the group of Montgomery advocates laid the foundation for civil rights (Theoharis, 2015, pg. 107). Rosa Parks is known for her courageousness and fearlessness to end racial segregation and continued to be active in the civil rights movement. She wanted the same rights for all individuals. In 1955, Rosa Parks became the mother of civil rights movement by not moving from a seat on a bus designated for colored to allow a white person to sit there (Sanders, 2009). On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was leaving her job as a seamstress in a department store, tired and wanting to get home, she got on the Cleveland Avenue bus driven by James F. Blake. This same bus driver had given Rosa trouble in the past. She chose a seat in the first row of the middle of the bus that was designated for paying colored individuals along with three other colored individuals. Although this section was designated for colored individuals, the
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