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Rosa Parks (1913-2005) refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, AL in 1955. Her civil disobedience was the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and led Rosa Parks to be proclaimed "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement" by the United States Congress. People, people
In Montgomery, Alabama, segregation was a way of life for African Americans. Rosa Parks, riding the bus after a long day of work, was tired of it. When the bus driver demanded Parks leave her seat for a white man, she refused. The police arrested her. Her courage ignited a boycott of Montgomery’s buses, one of the great protests that sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Through dramatic primary source photographs, author David Aretha explores this pivotal moment in American history.
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