<ul><li>Rosa Parks , who inspired a generation to fight for civil rights. </li></ul><ul><li>December 1, 1955,that was the day when an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>The bus incident led to the formation of the Montgomery Improvement Association </li></ul>
<ul><li>Rosa Parks started a protest that was felt throughout the United States. Her quiet, courageous act changed America and redirected the course of history. </li></ul><ul><li>Sparking the modern civil rights movement in the United States by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Rosa Park’s arrest for breaking Montgomery segregation laws started a boycott of the city bus line that lasted 381 days. This eventually led to the 1956 Supreme Court ruling declaring segregation illegal on public buses. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Parks' act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. </li></ul><ul><li>Parks was involved with the National Association for Advancement for the Colored People (NAACP) working as a secretary and activist for the youth. Not only was she fighting for African American equal rights but also wanted a brotherly and sisterly nation within all races. Parks was a historian of the African American struggle for equality in the United States. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Rosa Parks was one of the most recognizable women of the Modern Day Movement. </li></ul><ul><li>Rosa Parks was an ordinary African American woman growing up in the south during slavery where blacks were considered second class citizens to whites. Rosa Parks was not only committed to her work but also her beliefs, dignity, courage, and determination. </li></ul><ul><li>Parks was determined to stand forward and responded to an entrenched system of racial male dominance in the United States that she believes was neither fair nor right. Parks did not want to take the figurehead of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but refused to be treated unequal just because the color of her skin. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Her strength and devotion to developing an equal society led to other mass movements to shift peoples perspectives of segregation and progress towards equal opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>It wasn’t easy but this woman was strong-mined to make a change for women but especially African Americans. </li></ul><ul><li>Rosa Parks took the consideration to become a figurehead of the most powerful and successful movement. </li></ul>
<ul><li>How would you feel if you were in Rosa Parks situation? </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine yourself in Rosa Parks’ shoes. In your determination to make a difference, what would you have done? </li></ul><ul><li>If you where the richest person in the world would you give back to your community? </li></ul>
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