When it comes to Rosa Parks, people just only think of her as a figure that refused to give up her seat on a bus to white man; she’s more than that, she is an attribute to being the mother of the civil rights movement. She’s been often looked upon as a sweet, virtuous women who was merely too fatigue after a long day from work to move from her seat.
In 1955 Rosa Parks did the Montgomery Bus Boycott(“Rosa Parks,” 2011). Rosa Parks stayed in her seat after a white man told her to get out of the seat. Them because it was against the law back them Rosa Parks got arrested. With her one phone call, Mrs. Parks called a NAACP lawyer and got released on bail.
On the other hand, Ruby Bridges help desegregate schools. They did the same thing in general, but there are differences and similarities. Ruby was chosen to go to a white school. Meanwhile, Rosa chose to stay sitting on the bus. Ruby and three other “colored” girls were chosen to go to two different white schools by a judge.
Some things that were unfair between white and black people back then was that black people had to sit at the back of the bus or give up their seats for white people. Also, they attended different schools and parks, housing was different and so was voting. The law Rosa Parks broke was the segregation law, and she broke it after not giving up her seat on a bus for a white person. Her motvation on two levels was because she was tired from a hard day at work and wanted to relax on get home. On another level, she was strong and was fighting for what she believed in.
People are always trying to get freedom, they are fighting, protesting, and activism. In 1865, black people had to win their freedom from the KKK. Women had to gain their freedom to vote. In 1963, Americans won freedom of racial equality. Rosa Parks won freedom because she sat in the front of a bus when she was supposed to sit in the back.
In the short story "Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O 'Connor a mother, who comes from a wealthy slave owning family, and her college educated son Julian cannot agree on how to treat people of color. The story begins with Julian preparing to escort his mother to her weekly class at the Y to lose weight. She needs this class reduce her high blood pressure. He takes her there every week because she will not take the bus alone since the buses have become integrated. Julian 's mother 's family lost all of their wealth after the civil war, and at a certain point in the story she considers returning a hat she purchased to pay her gas bill.
I believe that Rosa Parks is a very loyal person so that is why I chose her as my hero. If she had a choice to sit in the back or front of the bus she would most likely pick the back of the bus but this is the story of why. One day she got on the bus she sat in the front of the bus. Soon a person came in the bus and then that person said you're in my seat go to the back of the bus where you belong of course he didn't actually say that back to the story. Rosa Parks refused to get up so she soon got sent to jail.
Much later in history, the Civil Rights Movement would prove this as much of the leaders for this era believed that non-violence is the key to change. Most prominently in the early days of the movement was on December 1, 1955 when Rosa Parks famously (and calmly) refused to give her seat on a bus to a standing white passenger (Clayborne 444-445). She reflects on this by saying “I had paid my fair and occupied my seat, I didn’t think I should have to give it up.” (Finkenbine 180) Consequently, she was arrested, which caused great ire among the Black community. Her arrest served as a catalyst for a community-wide boycott of the busses in city, which crippled the system, and initiated the movement for reform against segregation. No person, however, pushed the ideology of peaceful and non-violent action than Martin Luther King Jr..
Without Parks, things would not be as they are today. Rosa Parks is related to civil right is that she repeatedly disobeyed bus segregation and refused to give up her seat to a white a man.. She is related to civil rights because she was arrested for taking a stand( Biography.com). She sat in the front row of the Montgomery bus because she was tired of giving up from segregation . Parks had complained for years that segregation was wrong( Biography.com). Parks was also witness to a night ride bus by the KKK.
If Rosa hadn’t given up her seat on a bus for a white individual, how much longer would segregation have gone on for? Rosa Parks, once said “At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just another day. The only thing that made it significant was the masses of people who joined in.” Historian Jeanne Theoharis once said, Rosa Parks brought together a unique blend of life experiences, a commitment to racial justice, and a flawless reputation to transform a single act of defiance into a defining moment for the modern American civil rights movement. Rosa Parks, with her flawless character, quiet strength, and moral fortitude, was seen as an ideal