Rosa Parks Sat Down for, and Stood Up for, Civil Rights

Rosa Louise Parks was a woman who helped change the world. She was born on February 4, 1913. Rosa grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama and her family was quite poor.

Rosa Parks attended an all-girls private school, her family struggled with being African American in a time of segregation. Despite the family’s poverty they were able to send Rosa to a very good school. Rosa married Raymond Parks and they both became dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement.

Rosa Parks became famous during the Montgomery bus boycott. At that time African-Americans had to sit at the back of the bus. One day Rosa was told to move to the back of the bus by the bus driver. She refused. The incident helped launch a powerful movement for civil rights, and Rosa Parks became a leader.

Martin Luther King spoke in support of the bus boycott in America, which lasted 382 days. That meant no black riders used the bus during the boycott. Instead, they demanded equal seating for all. After the boycott was over, the protesters won and all seating on buses was equal.

Since that time, Rosa Parks has become a hero to many Americans. She stood up, or sat down, to change the system of segregation.

[Source: Women who changed the world]