Rosa Parks, the Mother of Civil Rights

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Rosa Parks was an African American woman who was brave enough to stand up to the whites. Even though she went to jail for what she did, she believes she did the right thing. What Rosa had done on the bus started boycotts and created more and more activists. People wonder if Rosa Parks was raised to stand up for herself or if she was supposed to stay quiet. Looking at Rosa’s life and what happened on the bus and beyond, it can be concluded that she was taught to take pride in her race. Rosa (McCauley) Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her parents were James and Leona McCauley. She was homeschooled by her mother, who was a school teacher, until the age of eleven. At eleven, Rosa moved to Montgomery with her aunt,…show more content…
Many of them rode the bus every day to go to work or to run errands, so it was harder for them to get places. Police were using folderol and impetuous behavior towards the blacks who boycotted. Martin Luther King Jr. was threatened and the black churches, homes, and businesses were attacked by the whites. They had no protection against these people harassing them. The NAACP stood by the bus stops with signs letting bus drivers know they were not getting on the bus until they allow the blacks to sit wherever they would want to. The boycott hurt the bus company economically because most of the people that rode the buses were African Americans. Finally, after many months of protesting the NAACP and black citizens got what they worked for: On June 5, 1956, a Montgomery federal court ruled that any law requiring racially segregated seating on buses violated the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That amendment, adopted in 1868 following the American Civil War (1861-65), guarantees all citizens, regardless of race, equal rights and equal protection under state and federal laws. The city appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the lower court’s decision on December 20, 1956. Montgomery’s buses were integrated on December 21, 1956, and the boycott ended (History). This was an important time for the African Americans, especially Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. After Rosa Parks’ role in the Civil Rights Movement, she was fired from her job at the

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