Rosa Parks: Igniting the Modern Civil Rights Movement

December 5, 1955: Martin Luther King, Jr. launches the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama!

Dr. King said, “That was the day that we started a bus protest which literally electrified a nation!”

Four days earlier, when Rosa Parks, an African American woman, refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white passenger, she spearheaded a movement that ultimately ended segregation on buses in the South.

In 2013, at the dedication of a statue honoring Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol, then President Barack Obama said:

“Ms. Parks alone in that seat, clutching her purse, staring out a window, waiting to be arrested.

'For now we see through a glass, darkly,' Scripture says, and it’s true. We so often spend our lives. . .accepting injustice. . .tolerating the intolerable.”


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