Rosa Parks: ~ On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.
On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks got on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her refusal to move to the back of the bus sparked a year-long boycott of the Montgomery bus system, and became an iconic moment in American history. On the 59th anniversary of Parks' arrest on that fateful day, we're celebrating her valuable contributions as a lifelong activist, organizer, and leader of the the Civil Rights Movement.
She was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus — nine months before Rosa Parks. Today, she was honored for her “tremendous contributions to the civil rights movement.” When asked how she worked up the courage to defy the bus driver in 1955 Montgomery, Colvin said: “What gave me the courage? I was a 15-year old!”