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Rosa Parks

by Melissa Aguirre from Del Norte High school

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"Rosa Parks, also known as 'The First Lady of Civil Rights' and 'The Mother of the freedom movement', was a famous African-American civil rights activist". ("Rosa Parks Biography") Rosa Parks grew up in a time of segregation, where she was treated badly due to the color of her skin. She decided to take a stand for what was right, even if horrible obstacles came her way. Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Some important people in her life were her farmer parents, James and Leona (Edwards) McCauley, her husband Raymond Parks, Dr Martin Luther King, and lastly, John Conyers, a Detroit area congressman who hired her. For example "Rosa Parks was best known for her act of Civil Disobedience, in December of 1955 when she had refused to give up her seat. " ("Rosa Parks") There are a lot of important events in my hero's life; one that stands out is her arrest that led to a Supreme Court decision. This decision outlawed segregation on such forms of public transportation, "sparking the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s"("Rosa Parks."). Even though she had such difficult experiences, she managed to stay brave and courageous. She also knew others wouldn't agree with what she said and that she could be punished for supporting something she had believed in. Rosa Parks is a hero because she showed bravery and courage in the time where others were too afraid to stand for their rights.

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It all started on December 1, 1955 when Rosa Parks showed bravery by refusing to give up her seat on the bus, even though she knew she could be arrested for it. In the time of Rosa Parks, blacks were expected to give up their bus seats to whites. Rosa Parks was brave because "On December 1, 1955, Parks, then a 42-year-old seamstress, broke the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a crowded bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Due to her refusal, she was arrested and the local NAACP chapter partnered with the head of the Montgomery Improvement Association, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to use the arrest as a test case against segregation" ("Rosa Parks"). Rosa Parks showed bravery by not moving from her seat. She wanted to stand up for her rights, even if in the end it meant putting her life on the line. Rosa Parks again showed bravery when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat."Parks was driven to the police station, booked, fingerprinted, and jailed. She was also photographed as she was being fingerprinted, a snapshot that has since found its way into history textbooks"( "Rosa Parks"Contemporary). Rosa Parks showed bravery even though she knew it could lead to her going to jail. She didn't let these obstacles stand in her way, when proving it is wrong to support discrimination. "Parks, while still in Detroit, was always in demand as a public speaker. She traveled extensively to discuss her role in the civil rights movement into her late 80s, despite her advancing age and other challenges. In September 1994 Parks was beaten and robbed in her Detroit home; the robber was soon arrested, and Parks recovered fully. The next year she participated in the Million Man March in Washington D.C., where she gave an inspirational speech". Rosa Parks was not afraid to put her life in danger in order to stand up for equal rights for all races. She showed her bravery by doing what she believed was right, even if it meant facing difficult obstacles. These obstacles made her strive even farther for her dream.Throughout this whole situation Rosa Parks remained fearless and brave.

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Rosa Parks displayed courage during a time when other blacks did as said and never fought for their rights. Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat is what caused the Civil Rights movement. "In the short term, Parks' arrest six decades ago inspired a boycott that led to integration of Montgomery's buses, led in "part by a young pastor named Martin Luther King Jr. Obama said, "with that victory, the entire edifice of segregation, like the ancient walls of Jericho, began to slowly come tumbling down."In the long run, Parks' courage inspired countless others to sit in, march, or otherwise battle discrimination, paving the way for nation-altering legislation like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- and, ultimately, the election of an African-American president". ("Rosa Parks") Rosa Parks had a lot of courage, telling others right from wrong she didn't care about risking her life. She cared for the better. Also, she didn't care if others agreed with her or not she just wanted to prove herself. Rosa Parks wasn't afraid to stand opposed to the law, and tried to make the laws change for the better, Her courage was praised by many including Martin luther king and recently Obama. But Rosa Parks didn't stop her fight by just refusing to give up her seat."After consulting with the attorney, her husband, and her mother, Rosa Parks agreed to undertake a court challenge of the segregationist law that had led to her arrest". Rosa Parks had the courage to go against a system that didn't support her or people of her ethnicity. Even though she knew lots of people wouldn't agree with her she did it anyways. Even though she wasn't the first black to stand up for her rights she was the one who started the civil rights movements. "Certainly her case was not unique; African Americans had been arrested for disobeying the segregation laws many times before". Parks showed courage by knowing that many people may not agree with her against the discrimination but still decided to make a difference. She wanted to make her dream come true at not being discriminated for her color she was.Rosa Parks courage that day on the bus changed the segregation laws for all future generations.

Rosa Parks was considered a hero in history because of her bravery and courage to stand up for her rights and to the voice of other who were too scared to speak. The important events in Rosa Parks life all had a huge impacts on her and her life. Some of these important events led to her become such an important woman in history.. Rosa Parks was an inspiration to me because she inspired me to stand up for what is right. Rosa Parks also influenced me to speak for my freedom and to never give up even in situations that seem wrong to the public but not to myself. Rosa Parks devoted her time to stopping segregation, and she became the voice for all who were scared to speak for themselves. She made a huge impact on everyone's life and today we thank her for making the world a slightly better place for future generations to live in peace.

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