DECEMBER 1, 1955


ON DECEMBER 1, 1955–  Rosa Parks, “Mother of the Freedom Movement”, ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott when she refused to give up her seat to a white man. Did you know that Mrs. Parks wasn’t sitting in a “whites only” section? Did you know that Rosa Parks wasn’t the first black woman to be arrested for the same offense? – Enter Claudette Colvin. Have you ever heard of the Freedom Riders?

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Over the years, myth tended to obscure the truth about Parks. One story had it that she was a cleaning woman with bad feet who was too tired to drag herself to the rear of the bus. Another had it that she was a “plant” by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The truth, as she later explained, was that she, like thousands of other blacks, was tired of being humiliated, of having to adapt to the Byzantine rules – some codified as law and others passed on as tradition – that reinforced the position of blacks as something less than full human beings

– The Denver Post