Early life[ edit ] Colvin was born September 5,and was adopted by Q. Colvin and Mary Anne Colvin. Her father mowed lawns, and her mother worked as a maid.
The Mother of Civil Rights Rosa Parks was a devout Christian I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.
After becoming fast friends with Rosa, they sponsored her attendance at the Highlander Folk School in the summer of The school was a center set up to educate the black community about racial equality and the rights of workers.
Emmett Till Rosa, like many other African-Americans, was deeply disturbed by the murder of Emmett Till, a year-old black male. He was murdered by white men who believed that he had flirted with a white woman.
Undoubtedly, the murder was in the back of her mind as she staged her rebellion that day. Rosa rode the bus each day to and from work. In the South, public buses were still segregated.
This meant that the first four rows of the buses were reserved only for whites. The sections were marked by moveable signs that the driver was free to move at any time to accommodate more or less white people.
If whites boarded the bus and there was no room, blacks were forced to move, stand or leave the bus. They were not allowed to sit directly across the aisle from a white person. Blacks were forced to board the bus from the back to avoid walking past a white person on the front of the bus.
At times, a black person would pay the driver and walk to the back of the bus, but the bus would depart before they could get to the door, leaving them standing on the roadside. Several challenges to the segregation laws had been made and failed. The most notorious of these was the case of Claudette Colvin, a year-old girl in Montgomery, Alabama.
She had failed to relinquish her seat to a white man. She stated that she should not have to move because forcing her to move was violating her constitutional rights.
Colvin later turned out to be pregnant and it was decided by E. Nixon that she would not be in ideal poster-child to be the center of a civil rights uprising as her unwed pregnancy would demoralize the cause.
Many in the black community, especially Rosa Parks, had complained for many years that this situation, along with other segregation issues, was wrong. Parks had her first of many confrontations with the bus drivers in when, because it was raining, she boarded the bus through the front door.
The bus driver forced her to depart the bus and reenter through the rear door. As she was leaving the bus through the front door, she dropped her purse. She bent down to pick it up and, in the process, half sat in a seat reserved only for white folk.
By this time, the driver was in a fit of rage and Rosa barely made it off of the bus before the driver took off up the road. Rosa was left to walk, in the rain, five miles home from where the bus dropped her off.
Rosa boarded the bus, paid her fare, and sat down in the first row behind the seats reserved for the whites. This was in the eleventh row and almost in the middle of the bus. Coincidentally, the same bus driver who had thrown her off of the bus 13 years earlier James F.
Blake was driving the bus that day. The bus made its way along its route and the seats reserved for whites only began to fill up.
When all of the seats were full, and there were still three whites standing the bus driver moved toward the back of the bus and demanded that four black people relinquish their seats to the white people.
One crucial and often misinterpereted fact about this incident is that Mrs. Parks was in fact sitting in the first row of the section reserved for blacks. In her autobiography, Rosa told how, when the driver was issuing his demands, she just wanted to protect herself and her rights.
The three black men near her moved, but Rosa just scooted over towards the window seat. The bus driver then asked her why she did not get up and move and she told him that she did not feel that she should have to.
I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then.
No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move. Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it.Rosa Parks, "The Mother of the Modern-day Civil Rights Movement," describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helps students understand the importance of every individual citizen in .
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Nov 09, · Watch video · By refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus in , black seamstress Rosa Parks (—) helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States.