Rosa Parks Essays

Submitted By JasmineL248
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Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama and died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92 in Detroit, Michigan. She once said, “You must never be fearful about what you’re doing when it is right.” She is famous for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Rosa's childhood was greatly influenced by the Jim Crow laws of the South, which segregated white people from black people in almost every part of their daily lives. This included public restrooms, drinking fountains, education and transportation. For the children attending school, there was busing for the white children to their school, but the black children were required to walk to another school. Public transportation followed this line of segregation except that blacks were allowed on the bus as long as they sat in the back, apart from the whites. Rosa Parks hated the ways of her life. She had always dreamt of having freedom in her life. As she was growing up she went through difficult obstacles that gave her so much strength and courage. So, one day she got the courage to sit in one of the front seats of the bus. The bus driver, James Blake, told her to move to the back, but she just sat there and refused to move. So the bus driver told Rosa, "If you don't stand up, I'm going to have to call the police and have you arrested." Rosa calmly replied, "You may do that."

Rosa Parks was a strong independent kind of woman, she didn’t feel that she needed to be treated differently because of her race, and she