Montgomery Bus Boycott and Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks played a huge role in the Montgomery bus boycott which took place on December 1st, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa was 42 years old when she was arrested and taken to jail for not giving up her seat on the bus for a white person.
Rosa was a seamstress. As she sat in her seat on her way home from work she was tired and her feet were in pain. Later the bus driver named James Blake said to Rosa "Y'all better make it light on yourself and let me have that seat." Meaning of the quote: The bus driver wanted Rosa out of her seat for a white person to sit down. But Rosa did not give up her seat.
How long did the boycott last and end?
Lasting a little over one year, the boycott started on December 1st, 1955 and ended on December 20th, 1956 when the U.S. supreme court ruled that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.
Fact and Opinion
Fact: For thirteen months 17,000 black people in Montgomery walked to work because they boycotted using the buses because blacks and whites were segregated on the buses. (Source: According to Spartaus-education.com.) Opinion: The Montgomery bus boycott was good for black people because it was one way to help end segregation.
The word I choose would be brave for Rosa. I would choose this word because Rosa was so brave for not giving up her seat for a white person even though she knew she would go to jail.
Impact On The Civil Rights Movment
This event impacted the Civil Rights Movement because the bus boycott gave hope and courage to African Americans. This event also impacted the movement by playing a big role in the end of segregation.