"I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people." (Rosa Parks)
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"A hero is someone that has
made the largest impact in a person's life and has influenced their life for
the better." (Thomas Brown) Brown proves a good point. This is what many
people look for in a true hero. Many think that celebrities with famous lives that
donate a sum of money make them a hero. Rosa Parks proves them all wrong
because what she did during that time, the whole entire world couldn't have
done it all together. Who would have thought, an ordinary woman sitting on a
bus waiting to go home to make dinner for her husband, would change our
segregation laws forever. Parks was the first of two children born to James and
Leona McCauley. Rosa Parks was born on February
4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. When her parents divorced, she moved to
Montgomery where she had to deal with segregation and laws she did not agree
with. Parks received her early education at a blacks-only school where classes
were only held for five months a year so that students could work the fields.
Rosa Parks was best known for her act of civil disobedience in December of 1955
when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to white man in Montgomery,
Alabama. The definition of bravery is people who are ready to face and endure
danger or pain. If you don't possess bravery, you cannot become a hero. Every
hero faces bravery or courage at one point. Parks happened to have this moment
on the bus when she was challenged by her conscience to get off the seat and
give it to the white man or sit and face the consequences. A hero must also possess
determination because without being determined at whatever you want to
accomplish, you cannot do it fully. Determination takes a lot of effort
and that's what makes the person a hero; when they reach their goal and are
determined to do even more. There are many definitions of determination but a
common one happens to be when you accomplish or do something that you've always
wanted to do and settling that "purpose". Rosa Parks shows endless
determination when she never gave up until the "end", or where she
had died. This is a very strong thing Parks had done by committing her life to
end discrimination amongst blacks and whites all together. Rosa Parks spoke the
voice of many African Americans who felt the same way and took no action. Parks
was sometimes known as the "Mother of the Civil rights Movements"
because of her sense of bravery, her endless determination, and strong
leadership towards others.
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Rosa Parks' bravery towards others has proven how good of a person she really
is. Rosa Parks has influenced many northerners and a variety of lawmakers to
look squarely at the discrimination victimizing Alabama's black people, and
work to correct injustice. When Rosa Parks stepped on those stairs leading her
to the inside of the bus, she didn't know what was going to happen in those
next few minutes. All Rosa Parks had in mind was what food she was going to
prepare for her hungry husband when he came from work. "Parks took a seat in the middle section open to blacks
as long as whites had available seats in their section. When Parks sat down,
she noticed several empty spaces in the whites-only section... After a third
stop, a white man was standing without a seat..... The driver James F. Blake
stopped the bus, approached the four black passengers, and asked that they
move. Parks refused. Blake called the police, who came and arrested
Parks." Rosa Parks was an inspiration to people
because she stood up for herself. Even though she went to jail because of that,
she proves to other people that she will not change her ways of living.Rosa
Parks committed an honorable act in the bus, for she knew she would be arrested
for it. Parks decided she couldn't tolerate discrimination and decided she
wanted to put an end to it by showing her bravery. Rosa Parks bravery and
courage to stand up for rights as a citizen of the United States inspires
others to this day to stand up for the ideals of freedom and justice for all of
us. "Two policemen got on the bus in a couple of minutes. The driver told
the police that I would not stand up. The policeman walked down and asked me
why I didn't stand up, and I said I didn't think I should stand up." (Rosa
Parks) This quote shows how sick and tired Parks was of giving in all the time.
She thought for herself that day, and didn't care what the consequences were.
Rosa Parks just couldn't take it anymore and stood with the two policemen and beckoned them to take her as they escorted out of the scene. Even though Rosa
Parks was a very brave woman, she also had endless determination to fight for
her and Africans American's beliefs.
was determined to put an end to discrimination that she didn't care if it would
take even all her life to accomplish it. Parks's sense of determination led us
to who we are today. "'I was very
determined to let it be known how it felt to be treated in that manner --
discriminated against.'" Rosa felt very motivated to put a stop against
discrimination and the people who were against it in a non violent way. She had
had enough of how the "whites" were treating the "blacks".
Rosa Parks wanted something to be done, and she did. Even though Rosa had been
arrested, she still didn't think of a reason why she should have given it up.
"'I did feel determined and even though I was for whatever that got me
arrested, I still went on fighting for Americans rights.'" Parks
wanted to use this as a great opportunity to let others know about what black
people were going through. Rosa also demanded equality and was ready to argue
otherwise. Rosa Parks might have been a determined leader, a courageous young
woman, but she always stood up and will for other people.
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Rosa Parks spoke the voice of every
single African American and also those who were against the segregation, but weren't
black. She proved to those who wanted segregation that she can improve the
country and possibly the world for the better and make it a discrimination-
free society. "I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be
free... so other people would be also free." (Rosa Park) Rosa Parks didn't
want to be remembered as someone who risked their life or committed and
honorable act, yet she wanted to be remembered as someone who wanted to be free
and have rights of their own. I believe Parks is an inspiration to us all. Rosa
Parks is my hero because she demonstrates various characteristics that apply to
me as a person and make me look up to her as a role model. Parks inspires me to
be who I am and to always stand up for what I believe in - no matter right or
wrong. She also inspires me to face today's challenges and not go along with
something I don't think is right. Parks challenges others and herself to never
give up and take a stand. Even though she went to jail because of that, she
proves to others that she will not change her ways of living. So let us do what
Rosa Parks did. Let's stand up in what we believe in, and maybe, just maybe,
build our country the way she would have wanted it if she was still alive, and
preserve the legacy.
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