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As a result, black motorists often resorted to stashing buckets or portable toilets in their trunks. All the black riders were now at the back, all the whites at the front. See the overhead light shining down on the green-cushioned seat in the middle? African Americans.

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At the next stop, more passengers got on. When the U. If we travel back in time to the December evening in when Rosa Parks boarded that city bus, we can begin to glimpse just why her courage was so extraordinary. As stories of abusive drivers and humiliating incidents continued to spread, anger in the black community grew. Travel in the segregated South was particularly humiliating for African Americans, beginning with railro back in the 19th century, where blacks of all economic classes were generally relegated to the most uncomfortable cars just behind the locomotive—and also, should a collision or boiler explosion occur, the most dangerous.

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When every seat in the white section was taken, the bus driver ordered the black passengers in the middle row to stand so a white man could sit. Civil rights movements. Contrary to early portraits of Parks as a timid, tired seamstress who became an accidental figure in sparking the civil rights movement, she had years of training and experience as a civil rights advocate challenging racial injustice.

What arose in Parks on that fateful evening was her belief in what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Favoring whites and repressing blacks became an institutionalized form of inequality.

Before the Civil Rights Act, African Americans faced persistent racial discrimination when traveling. In fact if I had let myself think too deeply about what might happen to me, I might have gotten off the bus.

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For this, many believe Rosa Parks' act was the event that sparked the Civil Rights movement. It could be difficult to find restaurants, hotels, or other amenities. However, both women were rejected because community leaders felt they would not gain support.

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We know from her of the event that she made her defiant decision in an instant. But it took even more courage for her to stand by her decision in the minutes, days, and years that followed. With the arrival of affordable automobiles, it seemed southern blacks might escape the indignities of long-distance rail travel.

Three other black riders sat in the same row, one next to Rosa Parks, the other two across the aisle. It took tremendous courage. By the s, black passengers were enduring the same unjust treatment by city bus drivers. When the bus driver again demanded that all four passengers give up their seats, the three other riders reluctantly got up.

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In fact, two other black women had ly been arrested on buses in Montgomery and were considered by civil rights advocates as potential touchpoints for challenging the law. I did not think about that at all. United States, Alabama, Montgomery. Rosa Parks was arrested and convicted of violating the laws of segregation.

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Parks appealed her conviction and thus formally challenged the legality of segregation. I could be arrested. The seamstress refused. Both knew the risks: harassment, lynching, losing her job.

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Rosa Parks sat between them, a brave solitary figure marking the painful boundary between races. Her grandfather, a former slave, instilled a sense of pride and independence in her. Ferguson case, the U. Supreme Court ruled that states had the legal power to require segregation between blacks and whites.

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As one of her biographers, Douglas Brinkleyobserved, Rosa Parks in that moment felt fearless, bold, and serene. She also knew that this man, who threatened to have her arrested, carried a pistol in his holster. And drivers often forced black riders, once they had paid their fare, to get off the bus and re-enter through the back door—sometimes driving away without them, as had happened to Rosa Parks. It also spurred more non-violent protests in other cities and catapulted a young Baptist minister named Martin Luther King, Jr.

The movement and the laws it prompted, including the Civil Rights Act of and the Voting Rights Act ofare one of the greatest social revolutions in modern American history.

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This edition listed travel information that would keep the traveler "from running into difficulties [and] embarrassments," and would "make his trips more enjoyable. Rosa Parks, with her flawless character, quiet strength, and moral fortitude, was seen as an ideal candidate. Public transit Infrastructure. To understand why, board bus No.

That very bus, painstakingly restoredis now parked inside Henry Ford Museum, and open to everyone. She was aware of recent racial atrocities, including the mistreatment of another black woman, Claudette Colvin, for not giving up her seat, and the death earlier that summer of year-old Emmett Till from a lynching. We know from many s that Rosa Parks recognized the bus driver—he had humiliated her and other black riders over the years.

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Victor H. Green and Company. Hotels Public accomodations. She agreed. Settle yourself here, just as Rosa Parks did. View in our Collections on thehenryford. She was not the first African American to do this. The laws on city transit systems separating blacks and whites were equally humiliating—and often arbitrary.

Montgomery Bus Boycott, Montgomery, Ala. Parks, Rosa, Montgomery City Lines, Inc. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford. United States. Bus drivers could demand more seats for whites at any time and in any. United States, Michigan, Pontiac. Inside this bus on December 1,Rosa Parks, a soft-spoken African-American seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man, breaking existing segregation laws.

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General Motors Corporation. However, most of the time, the indignities went unchallenged. I could be manhandled or beaten. Growing up in Alabama, where she was born inshe hated the disrespectful way that whites often treated black people. The boycott ultimately led the U. Supreme Court to outlaw racial segregation on public buses in Alabama. And, bywith the Plessy v.

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They also brought food along with them, since many diners and restaurants turned away black customers. Capitol, where she is honored alongside past presidents, members of Congress, and military leaders.

The flawless character and quiet strength she exhibited successfully ignited action in others. Rosa Parks' awareness of social injustice started at an early age. United States, Indiana, Terre Haute. Byevery southern state had outlawed blacks from sitting next to whites on trolleys and streetcars, while it was left to the whims of individual conductors whether black passengers were ordered to move from this or that seat.

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On December 1, , during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama, a year-old woman took a seat on the bus on her way home from the Montgomery Fair department store where she worked as a seamstress.