“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”
Known as "The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," Rosa Parks invigorated the struggle for racial equality when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. What many people don't know is that this instance of standing up to the indignity of segregation wasn't a first or the last for Parks.
Twelve years earlier, Parks was boarding a bus in Montgomery with the same bus driver, who refused to let Parks walk past white patrons to get to the segregated section. In response, she deliberately sat in a white seat, which made the driver so angry that he forced Parks off the bus and drove away. She walked five miles home in the rain. When she saw him again that fateful ride on December 1, 1955, Parks’ resolve had steeped to its most fecund point, ultimately setting off the firestorm of protests that became the backbone of the movement.
After the protests in Montgomery, Parks was hired by U.S. Representative John Conyers to be his secretary. From his office, she continued to speak out against racism and promote civil rights on the national stage. Within four decades after refusing to give up her seat, Parks saw an end to legalized segregation in America, the emergence of a Black upper and middle-class and unprecedented access to business and education opportunities. Making Rosa Parks a shining example of how giving leads to greatness.
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