by Lucie from Laguna Beach
| (Lucie )|
My Hero Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks was born
February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She grew up with her grandparents who
were former slaves and at an early age she learned that all races should be
treated equally. She was born Rosa
Louise McCauley but her last name changed to Parks when she married Raymond
Parks who was a barber. She attended college for a little bit but had to drop out
and care for her grandmother who was very sick. She and her husband were
members of the NAACP which was the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People, and she worked as vice secretary to the president there. Rosa
Parks had a job as a seamstress.
Blacks were treated more poorly than whites at that time in
America. Blacks and whites had different rights. They did not get equal treatment. For
example, on the bus the rules were different for blacks and whites than today.
Blacks were not allowed to sit in the front. They had to sit in the back of the
bus. There were two sections, black and white. They were divided.
Rosa Parks had to ride the bus to get to work. One day,
December 1, 1955 when she was sitting in the front on her way home the bus
driver got up and went to her seat and told her that she had to move for these
white people who were entering. They told her and three black men. The men got
up and moved but Rosa refused to leave. She was arrested for what she had done
and sent to jail. After she got out of jail she and a large group of other
black people decided to boycott the busses unless they were allowed to sit
anywhere in the bus. So they did boycott. From that day forward they carpooled,
rode in cabs, and walked to work for a year. There was so much violence and
bombings in America at the time. On November 13, 1956 the United States Supreme
Court made the decision that they weren't allowed to treat different people
badly. They could not treat black or white people differently. The bus drivers
had to be respectful to any rider and allow them sit anywhere in the bus. Rosa
Parks was rewarded many medals and prizes for her accomplishments. She passed
away on October 24, 2005.
Finally I chose Rosa Parks as my hero because she was
inspiring and never gave up so quickly. She did her best with anything that
stood in her way. She was amazing. She wasn't the first person who refused to
move on the bus but she was still inspirational even though she was treated
badly. I hope that I could be inspiring as she was. If I was ever mistreated, I
hope to be brave and stand up for anything I believe in.
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