​December 1, 1955: Rosa Parks Sits In Defiance

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In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation laws, an incident which leads to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Bus No. 2857 on which Parks was riding was restored and placed on display in The Henry Ford Museum.

?ROSA PARKS WAS NOT THE BLACK FIRST PERSON TO RESIST BUS SEGREGATION. Others had taken similar steps in the twentieth century, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and 15 year old Claudette Colvin 9 months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience.?

Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Read more about the bus incident and aftermath at: Daily Black History Facts

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