Rosa Parks -
She was tired after spending the day at work as a department store seamstress. She stepped onto the bus for the ride home and sat in the fifth row — the first row of the "COLORED SECTION."
Rosa Parks and the Mongomery bus boycott
Montgomery bus driver JAMES BLAKE ordered Parks and three other African Americans seated nearby to move ("Move y'all, I want those two seats,") to the back of the bus.
" Parks demonstrated an act of civil disobedience by refusing to give up her seat to another passenger. "
On Thursday, December 1, 1955, Mrs. Parks demonstrated an act of civil disobedience by refusing to give up her seat to another passenger. During this era of legalized racial segregation, her presence placed her outside of the law. By not moving, Mrs. Park transitioned from a place within the law to an unlawful act, resulting in her arrest.
At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.