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Racism and prejudice have been dominant issues in the United States for many years Being such a major issue is society racism is also a major theme in one of the best pieces of American Literature To Kill A Mockingbird 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 The reasons and consequences and the significance of her stand are comparable in many ways to Atticus Finchs stand in To Kill A MockingbirdRosa Parks worked for the equality of all people She was elected secretary of the Montgomery branch of the National Advancement of Colored People unsuccessfully attempted to vote many times to prove her point of discrimination and had numerous encounters with bus drivers who discriminated against blacks She was weary of the discrimination she faced due to the Jim Crow laws which were laws were intended to prohibit blackAmericans from mixing with white Americans Jim Crow Laws1 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 National Womens Hall of Fame1 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
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