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Racism and prejudice have been dominant issues in the United States for many years People particularly African Americans have been denied basic human rights such as getting a fair trial eating in a certain restaurant or sitting in certain seats of public buses However in 1955 a woman named Rosa Parks took a stand or more correctly took a seat on a public bus in Montgomery Alabama She refused to give her seat to a white man and was arrested for not doing so She was weary of the discrimination she faced due to the Jim Crow laws which were laws were intended to prohibit black Americans from mixing with white Americans Also due to the Jim Crow laws blacks were required to give their seats to white passengers if there were no more empty seats This is exactly what happened on December 1 1955 On her way home from work Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white man and was shortly arrested Even though she knew what the consequences were for refusing to leave her seat she decided to take a stand against a wrong that was the norm in society She knew that she would be arrested yet she decided that she would try to make a change Although her arrest would seem like she lost her battle what followed would be her victory Rosa Parks stand was so significant that she is called the mother of the civil rights movement Her arrest served as a catalyst for a massive boycott for public busses Led by Martin Luther King for 381 days African Americans carpooled walked or found other ways of transportation Despite the harassment everyone involved in the movement faced the boycott continued and was extremely successful The bus company suffered from the loss of fares but did not desegregate its busses In 1965 the case was brought to court and segregation of busses was ruled unconstitutional the busses
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