Rosa Parks

Abbey cassady
5/22/14

Rosa Parks

Rosa Louise McCauley parks (1913-2005) an African American civil right activist and seamstress whom the U.S congress dubbed the mother of the modern-day civil rights movement".

Rosa Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey the bus driver James Blake's demand that she relinquish her seat to a white man. Her subsequence arrest and trial for her act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery bus boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movement's against racial segregation in history, and launched martin Luther king Jr one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Her role in ...

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ten seats reserved for white passengers. Initially, she had not noticed that the bus driver was the same man, James F. Blake, who had left her in the rain in 1943. As the bus traveled along its regular route, all of the white-only seats in the bus filled up. The bus reached the third stop in front of the Empire Theater, and several white passengers boarded.

In 1900, Montgomery had passed a city ordinance for the purpose of segregating passengers by race. Conductors were given the power to assign seats to accomplish that purpose; however, no passengers would be required to move or give up their seat and stand if the bus was crowded and no other seats were available. Over time and by custom, however, Montgomery bus drivers had adopted the practice of requiring black riders to move whenever there were no white only seats left.

So, following standard practice, bus driver Blake noted that the front of the bus was filled with white passengers and there were two or three men ...

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