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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

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    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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Rosa Parks in 1956 - African-American civil rights activist, one of the first persons to resist bus segregation

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While most people remember Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, they forget that the Montgomery Bus Boycott succeeded because of the participation of tens of thousands of ordinary people. These women and men risked their lives and jobs to keep the boycott alive. Many, like this woman, walked instead of riding the segregated buses.

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Anti-Rape and Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks. She was considered the best rape investigator the NAACP had and formed the Alabama Committee for Equal Justice for for Mrs Recy Taylor, the victim of a gang rape and kidnapping. The committee was called "strongest campaign for equal justice to be seen in a decade" by the Chicago Defender. 11 years later she would take a much deserved seat on a bus and refuse to get up.