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Rosa Parks Angry Bus Rider Rosa Parks was tired Shed just spent all day sewing and pressing clothes at the Montgomery Alabama department store where she was a tailors assistant Her feet neck and shoulders ached as she arrived at her bus stop to go home The thought of standing during the ride did not sit well with her so she let one crowded bus go by A second less crowded bus came She got on taking a seat in the middle of the bus In the segregated Montgomery of Dec 1 1955 the first 10 rows are reserved for white riders As the bus went along its route more people got on and the white section of the bus filled up When another white man boarded the driver ordered Parks and three blacks seated next to her to move Parks refused and was arrested Her act of individual resistance is one of seminal events in the civil rights movement Parks made her heroic stand in an atmosphere of lynchings for blacks who stepped out of line putting her at great risk Her actions changed the course of history and made her an American icon Parks was convicted for violating the citys segregation law The local NAACP chapter of which Parks was a member organized the bus boycott and used Parks prosecution to challenge the constitutionality of citys segregation laws The lawsuit resulted in the US Supreme Court outlawing segregation on city buses The protests also brought a Montgomery clergyman named Martin Luther King Jr into national prominence I dont remember feeling that anger Parks said of her arrest in a 1995 interview I did feel determined to take this as an opportunity to let it be known that I did not want to be treated in that manner and that people have endured it far too long However I did not have at the moment of my arrest any
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