At the time, segregation laws required blacks to use “colored” restrooms, water fountains and even separate entrances to restaurants and buses.
It was customary for black bus patrons in Montgomery to board the bus and pay their fare to the driver; then exit and re-board the bus using the back entrance.
She replied, “You may go ahead and do so.” After being jailed, Parks was granted one phone call and contacted E. Nixon, a prominent member of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP.
Her bail was posted by Clifford Durr, a white lawyer and husband of the woman who employed Parks as a seamstress. But please, children and grownups, don’t ride the bus at all on Monday.
The effort eventually led to a Supreme Court decision that ended segregation on transportation in the United States. 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Ala., she was the daughter of a carpenter and a teacher.
At age 2, she moved to her grandparents’ farm in rural Alabama with her mother and younger brother, Sylvester.
Its leader was a young minister of Dexter Baptist Church and a relative newcomer to the city, Dr. The Montgomery Bus boycott lasted 381 days and financially devastated Montgomery’s public transportation system. Montgomery’s public transportation system was legally integrated Dec. After losing her job and receiving many death threats, Rosa and Raymond Parks moved to Detroit in 1957. I was just one of many who fought for freedom.” Parks’ commitment to equality did not end with desegregation of transportation; she went on to become a vocal opponent of apartheid in South Africa and the co-founder of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth reach their fullest potential.
In February of 1990, she was honored at Washington’s Kennedy Center on her 77th birthday and would later receive several prestigious awards, including the Medal of Freedom, presented by then-President Clinton in 1996.
In September 1994, Parks was robbed and beaten in her Detroit apartment.
She wrote of the event, “I pray for this young man and the conditions in our country that have made him this way.