Rosa Parks-The First Lady of Civil Rights

storybehindRosa Parks showed everyone should stand against an injustice, no matter how small. An injustice can be something mean done to you, another person or a group of people. Rosa Parks spoke up and made a difference.

Rosa  was born on February 4, 1913. Neither she or her parents could know her destiny was to become “the first lady of civil rights”, or “the mother of the freedom movement”, as described in the congressional record of  1999.

In Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 whites had the right to be seated in the front of the bus. Blacks had to go to the back. On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks  sat in the back of the Cleveland Avenue bus, as requested. She, however, refused to obey the bus driver James Blake’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Aftter her arrest, her act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Parks became an image for the Civil Rights Movement. Despite knowing it would cause her trouble, she acted on an injustice. She suffered huge hardships as a result. Due to sanctions used against activists, she lost her job at the department store.  Rosa’s husband was forbidden to talk about his wife or her legal case, he quit his job. She stood up for an injustice against a race of people and was punished.

It’s not easy to be brave and stand up for a wrong. Despite that, we need to fight injustices. You can be an activist in your school by sticking up for others, helping others, and doing what is asked of you.  Your actions can change your world